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Published 27 February 2017

The shortlist of local heroes who are in the running for the 2017 Provost’s Civic Awards has been announced.

In partnership with Wheatley Group, the awards recognise local residents who make a significant contribution to improving our area and the lives of people who live here.

This year’s nominees include dedicated fundraisers, volunteers and a tree surgeon, as well as individuals from local charities and dedicated sporting volunteers across West Dunbartonshire.

The 2017 nominees are:

Arts and Culture Champion (sponsored by Caledonia Housing Association) nominations are Patrick Muir a talented Tree Surgeon , who in his spare time carved the magical works of art in Balloch and Levengrove Parks; Dave Carson from Clydebank Historical Society, who was nominated for his dedication to raising awareness of the history, culture and heritage of Clydebank ; Bryan Marshall (The Every Community Choir)The Every Voice Community Choir led by musician Bryan and made up of people living with dementia and their carers/family who sing songs that spark memories for them. 

Sports Champion (sponsored by Commands) nominations are Duncan Hewitson of Club Sport West Dunbartonshire. Chair of  the Club Duncan has held this position for seven years and has dedicated himself to improving the organisation to provide better support to local clubs, coaches, volunteers and officials across West Dunbartonshire; Alistair Bateman Dumbarton Riverside Champions. Alistair set up a disabled football team and gives up his time every week to coach the team who now successfully play in Leagues in Scotland with others disabled teams; Peter Dempster  Clydebank Amateur Swimming Club. Peter has been part of Clydebank ASC for more than 70 years.  He is a wonderful role model and has been a swimmer, teacher, water polo player, coach, and a Member of our Committee for 50 years. 

Community/Voluntary Champions (team) (sponsored by Morgan Sindall) nominations are Craig Brown Police Scotland Youth Volunteers. The Volunteers group in Dumbarton is committed to promoting children, in particular teenagers, in a positive light and work meaningfully in the community they live in. The group offers the youths opportunities to develop themselves including training in first aid, working with others, peer education, becoming dementia friends and promoting the no knives better lives strategy; West Dunbartonshire Toy Bank. Is a group  of volunteers who give their time to ensure children living on the breadline received  a toy at Christmas. Last Christmas 224 children were given a toy through the collection; Central Radnor Park Tenants and Residents Association. The group was set up in 2016 with the support of Tenant Participation and have quickly formed themselves into an active group who are dedicated to help improve housing, their environment and community in the Radnor Park area. 

Community/Voluntary Champion (individual) (sponsored by CCG)nominations include Tracy Brittan (CHAS) Tracy has been an avid fundraising volunteer for Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) since the appeal to build Scotland’s second children’s hospice, Robin House, started in 2002.  Tracy has volunteered tirelessly for the last 15 years  doing grass-roots fundraising in her community, staffing CHAS information stalls, bucket collections and events with her usual smile and enthusiasm; Kathleen MacGregor (Matrimonial Fund) Kathleen’s fund started in June 2009 after her daughter-in-law Joan MacGregor died.  Joan had married Kathleen's son Charles the week before she died and the wedding was arranged in 24 hours.  It was then she realised how difficult it would be for a terminal patient to arrange an emergency wedding if the finances were not available and she decided to start a fund; Paul Clark (Greenspace Volunteer) 80 year old Paul has been unpaid volunteer for Greenspace service and works 37 hours per week, as a handy man/ranger at the Saltings Nature Reserve in Old Kilpatrick and at the Auchnacraig woodland Park north of Faifley.  He rolls back the years by litter picking, repairing gates and fences, builds and installing bird nesting boxes and providing information to visitors.

This year’s Provost’s Special Recognition Award goes to Duntocher Village Hall. The group was set up five years ago and quickly established a voluntary management board. It has been a huge success and is a great example of community empowerment.  The Hall is used by the community by playgroups, exercise classes, ballroom dancing, fitness activities, local fundraising events, parties and local celebrations.  

The judges have already selected the Youth Champion (sponsored by West College Scotland) award which goes to Kayla McCulloch of Clydebank. Kayla, who has sclerosing cholangitis, where the immune system attacks her liver, has been fundraising for other children with liver disease and has raised over £2,000.

The other winners will be announced at the Awards evening at Clydebank Town Hall on 24 March. Provost Douglas McAllister will select the overall Citizen of the Year from the four Champions on the night.

Provost Douglas McAllister said: “It is always pleasing to receive a great response from members of the public. We all know people who do so much in our communities, to help and make life easier and most of the time these members of the public go unnoticed.  

"I would like to thank everyone who took the time to nominate their local hero,  there is no higher praise than to  be publically recognised and thanked  for the time you spend helping others.

“I’m looking forward to our awards evening next month when I can meet our shortlisted residents, pass on my thanks in person, and announce our winners.”