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PUBLIC servants from across East Renfrewshire were rewarded for their hard work on Saturday.

At a packed Duff Memorial Hall, 150 people turned out for East Renfrewshire’s inagural public servant of the year awards.

Hosted by East Renfrewshire MP Jim Murphy and Eastwood MSP Ken Macintosh, the event celebrated the hard work of the area’s public sector workers.

Among the winners, which included teachers, council workers and healthcare professionals , was constable Gordon Sweeney, a high school campus cop.

He told The Extra: “It was a tremendous honour to be nominated, never mind to have actually won the award. It’s really nice to know that the community appreciates the job that you do”.

Local MP Jim Murphy said: “Our area’s public servants do a fantastic job, often with little thanks. I wanted to publicly celebrate their great work and give the community a chance to say a big thank you.

“I’m delighted that the awards were a great success and that so many people turned out to show their appreciation for what our public servants do.

“From teachers to police officers, to lollipop men and women, they work away in the background helping to make our area the fantastic place to stay that it is.

“I’m glad that this event shone the spotlght on their service”.

Ken Macintosh MSP said: “Many people work in the public sector because they want to do a job that allows them to give something back to the community.

“Hearing first hand how much people appreciate the great work of our dedicated public servants was very moving.

“The commitment and dedication whch is evident in many of our public servants is so often taken for granted, it’s great that these awards allowed us to take a moment to publicly recognise and applaud their work”.

After the event’s tremendous success, the politicians plan to hold a similar awards ceremony annually.


Teacher of the Year:

Nursery - Karen Smith and Moira Beveridge, both at Glenwood Nursery.

Primary - Christine Armour, Carolside Primary.

Secondary - Kirsty Smith, St Ninians.

Special Awards as retiring - Elizabeth Miller, St. Ninian’s (21 years at the school).

Tony McKinney, depute head teacher at St Luke’s (26 years at the school).

Heath worker of the year - Gill Mackie, Warden at The Forge, Giffnock

Council worker of the year - John Mullen, caretaker at Glen Halls Public service award - Gordon Sweeney, campus officer at St Lukes