Christine Calder has been named Clackmannanshire Citizen of the Year during an awards ceremony which took place at the Speirs Centre last evening.
Christine received the accolade, which is sponsored by the Lord Lieutenant's Trust for her work as a founder member of Tullibody History Group and for being instrumental in the opening of the Tullibody Heritage Centre. She constructed a model of Tullibody House and devotes a great deal of time to researching and promoting the history of Tullibody. Christine is highly regarded within the community for her talent and dedication.
The other finalists for the award were Vicky Brown, Richard Donaldson, Florence MacKenzie, Maureen Pearson, Johanna Wilkinson, Resonate Arts House and Sauchie Activ8.
On the same evening, Chloe Lemaitre was named Young Citizen of the Year.
Chloe is a volunteer for Cross Skills which is a Youth Services project which aims to bring young people and older adults within the community together to share skills and provide support for one another. Chloe assists young adults on a weekly basis to develop their IT skills. She is a dedicated and committed volunteer and is a real inspiration and role model to other young people in her community.
The other finalists for Young Citizen of the Year were Rebecca and Jessica Gray, Brendan Iliff and Cross Skills.
Provost Tina Murphy said: "Congratulations to Chris and Chloe on their awards. It was a pleasure to hear about all the good work that is going on around our communities during the awards evening. The hard work and dedication of the winners and finalists is inspiring, and their efforts make a real difference to the lives of their fellow Clackmannanshire residents."
Lt Col Johnny Stewart, the Lord Lieutenant for Clackmannanshire said: "I am so pleased that the Citizen of the Year Award, now in its 12th year, is still so well supported. Clackmannanshire has so many voluntary groups and individuals and it is important to recognise this. I was inspired to hear first hand what the nine finalists have done in the Wee County over the years. It was very hard to choose between such a strong group of contenders but I am delighted and congratulate Christine Calder as the winner of the 2014 Award. I would also like to congratulate Chloe on becoming the Young Citizen of the Year."