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Garioch councillor nominated for accolade

By Kyle Ritchie

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A councillor who represents East Garioch has been nominated in the 2020 Councillor Awards.

Councillor Glen Reid has been shortlisted in the Rural Community Champion category.

It recognises local elected representatives who have gone above and beyond in supporting their communities.

It is the second year in a row that councillor Reid has been nominated.

East Garioch councillor Glen Reid has been nominated for the Rural Community Champion award.
East Garioch councillor Glen Reid has been nominated for the Rural Community Champion award.

He said: "I'm delighted to be nominated again. When I took the decision to stand for election for East Garioch, it was to try and fight for my community and give a voice to it's members.

"I'm extremely proud to be one of their representatives."

The awards are organised by Local Government Information Unit (LGIU) Scotland and CCLA Investment Management and is the only national ceremony that celebrates the contributions of councillors.

The accolades are an important way to highlight what councillors do for their communities, especially this year in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Competition was tight with a record number of nominations – more than 100 – received across the eight categories.

Some of the awards up for grabs include Covid-19 Hero and Collaborative Working, which is new for 2020, alongside the coveted Leader of the Year and New Councillor of the Year awards.

The winners will be decided by a panel of judges composed of senior councillors and officers as well as leading stakeholders from across the sector.

Due to the ongoing health crisis, this year’s ceremony will take place virtually on Tuesday, November 24 with special speakers and guests.

This year’s awards are made possible due to the support of founding partners CCLA.

Chief executive of LGIU Scotland Jonathan Carr-West said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has presented this country with a set of challenges that few could have predicted.

"However, councillors up and down the country have risen to these challenges and stepped up to plate for their communities.

"From delivering food parcels to vulnerable residents and sourcing PPE for frontline workers to finding temporary accommodation for the homeless, local government has kept the country safe and moving.

"It is for this reason that we are particularly proud to unveil the shortlist for this year’s Councillor Awards.

"Their achievements showcase the best of local government at a time when the country faces one of the greatest hardships of our lifetime.

"We would like to congratulate all of those councillors shortlisted and look forward to revealing the winners on November 24.”

LGIU Scotland is a policy information service for local government across Scotland. It works to inform its members by providing intelligence on policy issues.

It services help public servants make policy, support residents and work more effectively with colleagues. Its members include councils, charities, central government and public sector partners.

CCLA is a specialist fund manager for local authorities and charities.

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