Inspiring Alison awarded top accolade

Alison Young accepted her award fro the Provost of Aberdeenshire Councillor Bill Howatson
Alison Young accepted her award fro the Provost of Aberdeenshire Councillor Bill Howatson

An Ellon woman has been recognised for her work within the local community at the recent Inspiring Aberdeenshire 2019 awards.

Alison Young was presented with the Lifetime Achievement award at the ceremony held at Haddo House on Friday, June 21.

Alison has just retired as director of music at Ellon Parish Church, a role she embraced for nearly 30 years.

During that time she organised the choir, youth bands, and singing events.

She conducts the Aberdeen Gaelic Choir and has been involved with the Haddo House Choir and Ythan Singers.

Alison is a piano teacher and has passed on her enthusiasm for music to countless students.

Her links to the Ellon community means she was fundamental in providing support to the Syrian refugees who settled in the town and she has been a core part of helping them find meeting places and helping with language classes - she hasn’t got any of them singing yet, but not for want of trying.

Alison’s special place in Ellon can be best explained by this from one of the many people who nominated her: “She has met people at the lowest and happiest time in their lives, and through a gentle touch, helped them to know that they are valued.”

The Inspiring Aberdeenshire award event is run by Aberdeenshire Council to celebrate the work of people in the area who support their communities.

Nearly 200 nominations were received from all across the area, resulting in a very hard decision for the judges.

At the ceremony finalists, councillors, sponsors, distinguished guests and staff heard stories of incredible bravery and achievements which keep Aberdeenshire ticking.

Meanwhile the guests were also treated to a sumptuous meal and performances from local groups including the Aucherellon Primary choir and The Rowies.

Provost of Aberdeenshire Cllr Bill Howatson said: “Inspiring Aberdeenshire is always a fantastic event that we are all proud to be part of.

“It is a real honour to see all the nominations and read about the inspiring work of our unsung heroes.

“Each year we hear more wonderful stories about the community champions throughout Aberdeenshire and gathering together to celebrate them is a huge privilege.

“My sincere thanks to everyone who helped make these awards happen, and to the winners and finalists for their sterling efforts.”