Awards and more awards

In the week of the Star Awards ceremony at the Beach Ballroom it seems as good a time as any to put on record my appreciation of some of the Council’s most recent award winners.

Congratulations Sean Cremer from the Council’s Finance team who was this year’s top-scoring local government student in the Cipfa (Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy) final examinations and as result was presented with the Archie Gillespie Memorial Award by the Cipfa President at the recent graduation ceremony.

Congratulations too to Hayley Anderson from the Council’s Estates team who has recently qualified as a chartered surveyor and is now a member of RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors).

Well done to Stephen Bly and Derek McKay from the Council’s Environmental Services team who respectively won Silver and Bronze Awards in the Parks, Grounds and Streetscene category at the recent APSE (Association for Public Service Excellence) Scotland Rising Star Awards.

Finally (for now)

Well done too to the City Wardens at Archibald Simpson House on achieving their WorldHost awards.  I was delighted to meet Carolyn Bruce and Harry Farquhar recently to present their certificates and plaque:

20/05/16 Angela Scott, CEO with Aberdeen city Council presented the Worldhost Plaque to members of the Aberdeen City Wardens team, receiving the plaque were city wardens- Harry Farquhar and Carolyn Bruce.
20/05/16 Angela Scott, CEO with Aberdeen city Council presented the Worldhost Plaque to members of the Aberdeen City Wardens team, receiving the plaque were city wardens- Harry Farquhar and Carolyn Bruce.

 

Thank You

I was really pleased to accept an invitation to attend the launch last week at the Town House of the Housing Service Review Group’s report on the Council’s Housing Management Service.

The Group represents tenants, owners and others and is passionate about the services they receive from the Council and are really keen to work with us positively to ensure that improvements are made and continue to be made.  I am delighted to say that the Council team matches their enthusiasm for this partnership approach.

A big thank you is due to Paul McMenemy who chairs the Group and his colleagues Leonara Montgomery, Jim Galbraith, Betty Simpson, Agnes Murray, James Carroll, Rita Buchan, Florence Cal-Anglia, Edith Alexander, Norma Groves and Pearl Smart.  I must also put on record my appreciation of the work undertaken by Carol Hannaford on behalf of the Council team in providing the link between us and the Group.

Imagining Aberdeen

A note to say how much I enjoyed my visit to Harlaw Academy last week to meet with the Children’s Parliament Imagineers hard at work on their Imagining Aberdeen mural.

The mural is this week beginning a four-week tour which will take in the four primary schools involved in this superb project – Bramble Brae, Riverbank, Tullos and Manor Park.

Congratulations to all involved, I’m really looking forward to the launch of the mural and the accompanying film which will take place in August.

Food collection

A very quick note to urge everyone who can to make a donation of food etc. to the collection that is currently underway in collaboration with CFINE and the Food Poverty Action Aberdeen partnership.

Council staff can be rightly proud of the generosity they’ve shown during previous collections for the most disadvantaged and vulnerable individuals and families in the North East.  The need continues, crates are available for donations during the current call for contributions until Friday 20th May.

VSA Sing, sing, sing – the verdict

A report from the event by one of our team:-

“After a long day full of nervous preparation – the end of a 3 month journey involving lunchtimes, Thursday and Sunday evenings – the 19 member ACC choir, A Bonnie A Chord took to the stage in the Beach Ballroom on Sunday evening.   None of us had sung in front of an audience before and the event was packed out to 900 capacity so to say there were nerves at the start is an understatement, however we soon got over this as we began our performance and all the previous efforts paid off. 

After the 10 choirs had performed the panel voted and the Lord Provost presented the winners’ award to the 30 strong Wealth Management Group St James’s Place Choir (who sang a song from Disney’s Brave looking resplendent in full tartan finery, and sounding just as good).  Having said that, ACC A Bonnie A Chord quite won the crowd over with the performance interrupted by delighted applause with many, many congratulatory remarks from members of other participating choirs afterwards!

All  10 of the choirs did the event proud winning praise from host Fiona Kennedy and displaying a vastly different array of styles to make it memorable for the audience who got their own chance to ‘Sing Sing’ towards the end in a participation event led by Laura Pike.

Many choirs have been preparing for this since December last year, demonstrating huge dedication to this very worthwhile cause.

The amount raised by ‘Sing Sing’ on Sunday night totalled over £28,000 and the money is still coming in! 

Thanks for all the support and good wishes.”

Nicholas Asante-Ampaduh

I am certain that you all join with me in congratulating all our colleagues who took part in such a worthwhile event.

VSA Sing, sing, sing

Every best wish to the Council’s choir taking part in the VSA’s 2 songs, 3 months, 1 performance amateur choir competition at the Beach Ballroom this Sunday evening.

bonnieachord

(photo credit – VSA)

The Bonnie Achord choir is a group of enthusiastic singers from the Council, Bon Accord Care, the University of Aberdeen and friends.  The merry band is led by their superb Choir Director, Gordon Jack and has been meeting up on Thursdays at Aberdeen Grammar School and Marischal College to practise their two songs arranged by Gordon.  Bonnie Achord will be singing a love song from Elton John and an upbeat Neapolitan folk song.

Singers include:

Sopranos: Elaine Falconer, Ella Towns, Emily Anderson, Erica Manfroi, Grainne Casey, Ottavia Benedicenti, Pam Burney, Rachel Van Huuksloot

Altos: Coilia Virdee, Debbie Cormack, Eleanor Wilson, Ethel Stewart, Gemma Mowat, Jacqui Curtis, Lorna Cassie, Lynsey Rae, Sandra Jamieson, Yasmin Thomaneck de Olayzola

Tenor/ Bass: Devon Thompson, Nicholas Asante-Ampaduh

If you’d like to donate to the VSA here’s the Bonnie Achord choir fundraising page.

Tickets for the VSA choir concert on Sunday 15th May

VSA is the UK’s largest city social care charity, supporting its local community.  Money raised in the north-east stays in the north-east!  They work with the most vulnerable people in the community. The VSA’s support helps them live the most independent and best quality lives possible.

To learn more about VSA see this video.