YMCA Scotland ABM and Awards Dinner

8 November 2016

On Saturday 22nd of October, YMCA Scotland hosted its Annual Business Meeting and Inaugural Awards Dinner.   The Keynote speaker for both events was the World President of the YMCA, Mr Peter Posner OBE.  

At the ABM, YMCA Scotland launched its first ever digital Annual Report. The report offers an insight into the fantastic work that takes place in YMCAs across Scotland. www.ymcascotland.org/report

Mike Will MBE stepped down as Chairman of YMCA Scotland after eight years to concentrate on his new role as President of YMCA Europe.  Jamie Lockhart was appointed Chairman.  At 24 he is YMCA Scotland’s youngest Chairman.

Jamie Lockhart is a 4th year theology student at the University of Edinburgh and has served on the Executive Committee of YMCA Scotland for 3 years.

“I am thrilled and honoured to have been elected as Chair of YMCA Scotland. Throughout the past 5 years, I have been involved with YMCA at all levels from local to international, finding YMCA to be a champion of youth empowerment. My election highlights the organisations commitment to youth empowerment.”

YMCA Scotland hosted its Inaugural Awards Dinner which saw young people, volunteers, board members and staff from the YMCA movement across Scotland recognised for their outstanding commitment and support.

The evening was hosted by Jamie Lockhart and Matthew Dellaquaglia and the World YMCA President, Peter Posner OBE, presented winners with their awards.

The Awards were sponsored by  YMCA George Williams College, Tilney Best Invest, SSVQ, Anderson Strathern, YMCA Scotland Full Board and YMCA Plusone Mentoring

Awards were presented in twelve categories  including Inspirational Young Person, Mentor of the Year and Volunteer of the Year.

Jordan Murray from Ypeople, was nominated for 3 awards and won the Young Leader of the Year Award, then went on to win the overall 14-25 age category,  the John D Knox Youth Achievement award.  

On his win, he said “I’m so honoured to have been awarded with Young Leader and the John D Knox Youth Achievement Award, as well as two runner up prizes, by YMCA Scotland. I never expected to be so successful, and the whole experience was exciting and humbling. YMCA Scotland has given testament to the fact that passion, enthusiasm, and hard work are rewarded in some way or another. After a time of struggle and great difficulty in my own life, I now strive to make things easier for others that find themselves in a challenging situation. I am so thankful that YMCA Scotland has recognized years of dedication to my organisation, Ypeople. I would also like to extend my thanks to Sheena and Pauline from Ypeople, who nominated me and have shown great support for the past 6 years of my life.”

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The full list of winners is:

Young Volunteer – Sean MacIvor, Tain & District YMCA

Young Leader (14-17) – Jordan Wilson, Tain & District YMCA

Young Leader (18-25) – Jordan Murray, Ypeople

Young Trustee – Sarah Turner, Aberdeen YMCA

Inspirational Young Person – Courtney Graham, Cupar YMCA-YWCA and Stephanie Wagner, Perth & District YMCA

Volunteer of the year – Chris Bousfield, Tain & District YMCA

Trustee of the year – Bob Copleton, Paisley YMCA

Mentor of the year – Nathalie Nogues, YMCA Edinburgh

Youth Worker (p/t) of the year – Nicole Jackson, Bellshill & Mossend YMCA

Youth Worker (f/t) of the year – Graham Nutt, Tain & District YMCA

Impact Award – Living Balance – Perth & District YMCA

John D Knox Youth Achievement Award – Jordan Murray, Ypeople

The final awards of the night were the Sir George Williams Medal for outstanding and distinguished service for over 20 years to the YMCA.  

There were four recipients of the Sir George Williams Medal:

Tom McPherson Bellshill & Mossend YMCA

Stewart McCrae Cumbernauld YMCA-YWCA

Peter Robertson Dumfries YMCA

Eleanor Campbell Cumbernauld YMCA-YWCA