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Please see below –a few people wanted a wee bit of background over the young citizen award.  Here is Darens speech about it last year –  for 2019 we will publicise it more.
Young citizen.
Ladies and Gentlemen, for those of you that are not aware, the Young Citizen of the Year award is Hopeman Gala’s way of acknowledging the dedication and positive contribution that young people have made to our community. Now in its 3rd year, the award is particularly special this year, given that 2018 represents Scotland’s year of young people, the intent being to showcase the personalities, talents and achievements that youth contributes to communities.
In Hopeman, Young people are nominated by other community members and are chosen through an anonymous process involving gala committee members and independent adjudicators.. This year we are extremely grateful that the award has been sponsored by  CJS car sales at the top of Harbour Street. Chris, the owner, is unable to be here tonight, but he has asked for his congratulations to be passed on to the winners.
I use the the word ‘winners’ as the standard of nominees this year was so high that judges were unable to choose between the top 2 contenders, hence the decision was made to have two young citizens,  one for demonstrating early leadership and inspiration and the other for her charity fundraising.
Firstly, Kelly Price was nominated by the leaders of the local scout group. A fairly new face to the village, she has established herself very quickly within the group, and has demonstrated great leadership skills. She has rapidly advanced to become a patrol leader and regularly represents the views, concerns and opinions of her team at Meetings. She pushes herself forward, volunteering weekly at the younger aged beavers group and has also assisted at the cubs group. When meeting with her this week, she was already baking for the rainbows so that she could make a very welcome donation to the Gala. She is described as very well presented, dependable and  she appears to have made a very favourable impression on the many adult scout leaders.  Kelly’s academic skills are also impressive. Having joined Elgin academy from Gordonstoun in the last year, she represented the school in London and came first in a maths themed competition. She Is also involved with the school library supporting events and as a library assistant.  Outside of school she plays Golf, she fences and practices ti sudo. She is described as helpful and a go getter who  likes to make things happen.  Nothing is too much trouble to her and she is always happy with a welcoming smile. New to the village, this is her first full gala and both her and her family are excited to be nominated for the award.
Erin Hepburn was nominated by a community member for her charity work. Her family have lived in the village throughout her life and the family ethos is centred around the support of others. Erin now organises and runs at least one fundraising and awareness event each year for both local causes and those living in unfortunate circumstances abroad. Erin has put together several coffee mornings with supporting stalls and also ran a highly effective campaign to place a pound on  the toilet to help raise funds for safe water and sanitation in Tanzania .She hosted her most recent event, a soup and sweet in June, to raise funds for the Abbie sparkle foundation, set up to support young people with cancer and she already planning her next fundraising event. Erin is a keen dancer enjoying street, acro and tap. She is also a talented musician recently passing her grade 2 with merit exam for violin, a skill she has shared by playing at local lunches. She has been in the village pantomime for the last three years and has also represented hopeman primary school at cross country. She is described as confident, outgoing and very caring and she feels her best quality is her friendly nature and her ability to talk with others.
Erin spoke of how she  likes the community feel of Hopeman, how you can walk about and meet lots of people to chat with. When thinking of the gala she spoke of her love for the fancy dress parade, the opportunities to make new friends and how she is looking forward to helping the judges during this year’s fancy dress competition.
Ladies and gentlemen, please put your hands together for the Hopeman Gala young citizens of the year 2018. Erin Hepburn and Kelly Price

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