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Community accolades are presented

Dunbar Community Council presentation.
Left Sophie Kaszuba with the Bowe Cup, chairman Stephen Bunyan and Elaine O'Brien, recipient of the Community Council Award.

Dunbar Community Council presentation. Left Sophie Kaszuba with the Bowe Cup, chairman Stephen Bunyan and Elaine O'Brien, recipient of the Community Council Award.

Commuity heroes in Dunbar were recognised at a ceremony organised by the local community council in the Town House on Monday evening.

Elaine O’Brien was presented with the Community Council Award for her “exceptional contribution” to the town.

The Bowe Cup for a young person who has shown commitment to the community was awarded to Sophie Kaszuba.

The accolades were presented by Stephen Bunyan, chairman of Dunbar Community Council, who received an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for his service to East Lothian.

Mrs O’Brien worked with former East Lothian Labour MP and MSP John Home Roberston for 22 years and is a founder member of Dunbar Community Council.

Chairman of East Lothian Women’s Aid for 12 years, she was clerk to the Board of Dunbar Parish Church for 10 years and a director of Dunbar Harbour Trust for four years.

Mrs O’Brien was chairman of Dunbar Labour Party for four years and the first female president of Dunbar Rotary Club in 2011-12. She is also the Assistant District Governor of East Area Rotary Clubs.

Mrs O’Brien, a grandmother of six, enjoys playing bridge and walking in her spare time.

Stephen Bunyan MBE said: “Elaine’s long service as a volunteer has made a difference to many people in Dunbar and beyond and has proved an inspiration to others.”

Sophie Kaszuba is a peer supporter with Enable Scotland, volunteering consistently and reliably to help young people with additional needs to meet their full potential. Her voluntary work this year has earned her the Saltire Summit Award.

A high achieving sea cadet, she is currently the Lord Lieutenant Cadet for Edinburgh District.

Other youngsters who were recognised were athlete Maria Lyle, who has set new International Paralympic Committee world records at both 100m and 200m in 2014.

The awards night heard Craig Thorburn had shown “inspirational commitment” to academic study, music and the media, and enjoyed his time as a presenter and DJ on local radio. He will take up a place at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the USA in 2014.

Connor McLellan has been head boy at Dunbar Grammar School in the year 2013-14, and has used his status and influence to fundraise widely for charity. He has shown himself to be consistently helpful and supportive of others.

“We congratulate all four of the young people and wish them well for the future,” added Mr Bunyan.

 

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