A TOTAL of 22 people from across Craigavon recently received a Mayor’s Award for an outstanding contribution to their local community.
The unsung heroes from Portadown, Lurgan and Brownlow attended a reception at Craigavon Civic and Conference Centre hosted by the Mayor of Craigavon, Councillor Alan Carson.
The community heroes enjoyed a sit-down meal before receiving a medal and a certificate of honour from the Mayor himself.
“These people are without doubt the pillars of our society and the work that they do – on their own time and for free – is truly invaluable,” said the Mayor.
“I have been humbled by the contribution and commitment of these people to their communities and I know that thanks to their help, services and expertise, the lives of some people in Portadown, Lurgan and Craigavon are all the richer.”
The community awards were given out for a variety of services including work with young people, senior citizens, people with disabilities, church groups, youth clubs and charities to name a few.
To receive a Mayor’s Award, you must either live or carry out your voluntary work within the borough. You then have to be nominated by another person who has to write a short synopsis of the work carried out so that when the Mayor comes to make a decision about the award he is well informed about that person.
The Portadown winners were as follows: Mrs Shirley Branyan – for work with the community in the Edenderry area, Mrs Margaret Connolly – for work with Co Armagh Downs Syndrome Association and Ski Ability; Mrs Eileen Eakin – for work with 4th Portadown Boys’ Brigade; Mr Alan Irwin – for work with St John Ambulance; Mrs Shirley Lyons – for work with Care in Crisis; .Mrs Pauline Marshall – for work with Milltown GFS; Mr John McCullagh – for work with young people and Credit Union; Mrs Pauline McCusker – for work with Seagoe Church Lads & Church Girls Brigade; Miss Anne McKeown – for community work in Portadown; Mrs Mary Odgers – for work in Tartaraghan Parish; Ms Linda O’Neill – for work with Cabin Youth Club in Drumcree Community Centre; Mr Owen-Roe O’Neill – for work with St John’s Scouts; Mrs Hetty Smith – for work with ethnic women and children; Mrs Yvonne Sterritt – for community work in Portadown; Mrs Edith Stevenson – for work with Birches Cosy Club.