MARION Montgomery was declared winner of the Beautiful Aberdeenshire Environmental Award at a virtual ceremony held last night.
Inspiring Aberdeenshire is usually held in June each year. With a range of categoris, it celebrates the work and deeds of communities and individuals who are not often recognised anywhere else for their dedication and community spirit.
Marion set up the PAWS ON PLASTIC group just over a year ago. The aim is simple, to encourage dog walkers to pick up just one or two pieces of plastic every time they are out on a walk, take them home and recycle them.
Her belief is that small steps like this, regularly, can make a big difference. Despite being new, the group has more than 10,000 Facebook followers alone and users post pictures of their efforts from across the globe, as well as picture of their dogs!
In Marion’s mind it isn’t about large litter picks, just small sustainable change that leads to big results.
A Glitzy Virtual Awards Ceremony
Edenholme Care Home was also a contender in the Environmental Award – seen at 44 mins
Speaking after the event wrapped up, Provost Howatson said: “This has been a year like no other, and the importance of our communities has been in the spotlight more than ever.
”The nominations for Inspiring Aberdeenshire this year were made before COVID-19 arrived and turned our lives upside down, but the pre-pandemic stories still need to be told and heard.
”We were determined to run this event and celebrate the people who make Aberdeenshire tick and the team did us proud making sure we could all come together and celebrate. My huge thanks to everyone who had a role in making this event happen. Whilst it is not new to run virtual award ceremonies, it was certainly new for us.
“It is also really incredible to see the work that is still being done, day to day, to improve life for people in all corners of Aberdeenshire. The work of the finalists is extraordinary and my most sincere thanks for everything you do.”