Last night the Star Awards winners for 2018 were crowned and it was inspiring evening at the Beach Ballroom as we recognised colleagues from across the Council.
Can I firstly congratulate all of our finalists – to be shortlisted is a fantastic achievement, with nominations this year as strong as ever.
Our winners deserved their time in the spotlight and my congratulations to all of those who came away with a coveted Star Award.
The 2018 roll of honour is:
Improving Staff Experience – Lynn Scanlon;
Collaboration – Marchburn and Oldtown Working Group;
Improving Use of Resources – Heathryfold Park Building Project;
Innovation – Will Burnish, flooding and coastal operations;
Rising Star – Graeme Baird;
People’s Champion – Ian Geddes;
Improving Customer Experience – Grace Shanks;
Team of the Year – Environmental Services, Aberdeen In Bloom team;
Special mention to Gordon McDade and the hard-working organising group who pulled the whole event together from start to finish as well as everyone who played their part – from our MCs on the night to sponsors, judges and everyone in between. It was a real team effort.
The Star Awards allow us to come together to celebrate not just the award wins and finalists but all the amazing work that has been done over the past year.
Not everyone can win a Star Award – but every single one of us within the Council should take a real sense of pride in this organisation. As Chief Executive I’m certainly proud of our people and proud of the way we deliver for everyone we serve in the city.
When you take a step back and consider all of the ways Aberdeen City Council touches the lives of residents and visitors, not to mention the impact we have on businesses and the third sector, it is quite incredible. Every individual member of staff, every team, every cluster and function is working day in and day out to make a difference.
We don’t often take the time to acknowledge all of the great things that you do as staff. I made reference last night to modesty being a very admirable Aberdonian quality. Often I hear things being spoken about as ‘Business as Usual’. In actual fact, so often what you do is extraordinary and I’m delighted we are able to recognise just some of those contributions through the Star Awards.
I never fail to come away from the Star Awards feeling energised by the efforts of colleagues – not to mention humbled by the selflessness that shines through time and time again. Last night was no exception.
Once again my congratulations go to our winners and finalists any my thanks to everyone who played a part, from nominating and judging through to organising and entertaining.