Slideshow: Accolades for ‘selfless’ volunteers

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Volunteers from across the borough were recognised at the 2014 Newtownabbey Volunteer Accolades, held earlier this month in the Theatre at The Mill.

The biennial awards are organised by Newtownabbey Borough Council in association with Volunteer Now.

Pictured at the Newtownabbey Volunteer Accolades 2104  awards event are (l-r): Nelson McCausland MLA, outgoing Minister for Social Development; Jacqui Dixon, Chief Executive, Antrim and Newtownabbey District Council; Rev Campbell Dixon MBE; Mayor of Newtownabbey Alderman Thomas Hogg; HM Lord Lieutenant Mrs Joan Christie OBE; and Joe McVey OBE from Volunteer Now. INNT-40-709-con

Pictured at the Newtownabbey Volunteer Accolades 2104 awards event are (l-r): Nelson McCausland MLA, outgoing Minister for Social Development; Jacqui Dixon, Chief Executive, Antrim and Newtownabbey District Council; Rev Campbell Dixon MBE; Mayor of Newtownabbey Alderman Thomas Hogg; HM Lord Lieutenant Mrs Joan Christie OBE; and Joe McVey OBE from Volunteer Now. INNT-40-709-con

The ceremony was hosted by broadcaster Claire McCollum, with outgoing Minster for Social Development, Nelson McCausland and the Lord Lieutenant for County Antrim, Joan Christie OBE in attendance.

“I am extremely impressed by the sheer scale and variety of the volunteering activity undertaken in Newtownabbey,” said Mr McCausland. “These volunteers selflessly dedicate their time and abilities to helping others and I am pleased that Newtownabbey Borough Council and its partners have recognised their efforts through the Volunteer Accolades Scheme.

“My Department is committed to building on the excellent work being done in Newtownabbey and beyond. Our Volunteering Strategy empowers local people to contribute to the regeneration and improvement of their communities by strengthening networks and local partnerships and developing and increasing volunteering and active citizenship.

“It is a privilege to see the results of this strategy in action and I congratulate all nominees and winners alike.”

The recipients of the 2014 Newtownabbey Volunteer Accolades were:

Inspiration: Rosalind Ware

Creativity and Resourcefulness: Bob Adams

Impact: Mina McKinney

Dedication and Commitment: Shirley Cooke

Leadership: Brian Hamilton

Mentoring: Abbots Cross Special Olympics Club

Personal Development: June McKee

Entrepreneurial Spirit: Barry Macaulay

Overall Volunteer of the Year 2014: Mina McKinney

Mayor’s Award: Bob Jones

Lifetime Contribution to Volunteering: Annie Anderson and Tommy Kernoghan

This year’s sponsors were Newtownabbey Rotary Club, Volunteer Now, Central Source, University of Ulster, Hillmount Garden Centre, United Bus Company and EA Davies and Company.