Finalists revealed for the Inspiring Aberdeenshire Awards 2021

Individuals and groups from across the area have made the finals of this year’s Inspiring Aberdeenshire Awards.

Wednesday, 26th May 2021, 4:30 pm
Broadcaster and journalist Fiona Stalker and Provost Bill Howatson presented last year’s awards in a virtual ceremony, and this year’s awards will again take place online.

The awards, now in their ninth year, recognise unsung community heroes of Aberdeenshire, those people who work tirelessly to support their community and the people in it, but who often don’t get recognised any other way.

The local finalists are:

Aberdeenshire’s Future award – Sasha Brydon

Sasha became a member of his local youth forum at the age of 12 as well as being involved in several local projects promoting young people’s rights both in and out of school. Sasha has been passionate about projects around about mental health, child poverty, LGBTQI+ and others. He has been instrumental in strengthening the youth voice throughout Aberdeenshire.

Heart of Aberdeenshire Caring award – Alison Paton

Alison has been a Pupil Support Assistant at St Andrew's School in Inverurie for over 26 years. During this time, she has made a huge difference to the pupils that she supports, some of whom struggle more than most with health conditions and the learning environment. This nomination is recognition for a lifetime of service to St Andrew's School and its pupils.

Inspirational Volunteer award – Paige Brodie

During the first COVID-19 lockdown, Paige helped out local group ‘Lend a hand Kemnay’, going shopping and providing prescriptions to those who were shielding. Her efforts to motivate, inspire and encourage others are a shining light in difficult times.

Cultural award – Garioch Heritage Society

Since 1987, the Garioch Heritage Society has been championing the history and culture of the Garioch area from its earliest times. The centre tells the story of life and culture in the Garioch area, from the early 20th century to the present day.

Beautiful Aberdeenshire Environmental award – Crawford Paris

Crawford project manages beach cleans and is the face of the Turning Back the Plastic Tide campaign, where he puts his heart and soul into raising awareness of plastic pollution in our coastal waters.

Local Hero Courage award – Rev. Dr Kay Gauld Since the start of the very first lockdown, Kay was the ‘captain’ of the volunteer ship which has been helping those shielding, those who are struggling with loss of income, those who are living on their own and those who need help with putting food in the cupboards. Kay is a gem that the Insch community has been truly blessed to receive.

Inspiring Aberdeenshire Lifetime Achievement award – Sally Sheehan

For more than 30 years, Sally has been a huge asset to the village of Collieston where her work ensures that young and old alike can enjoy where they live. Her energy and enthusiasm are boundless, and it is regularly said that Collieston wouldn’t be the village it is today without her.

For details of all the finalists go to: