The Town Hall’s reception room was full of Burngreave’s finest on 25th January, as local Councillors, MPs Richard Caborn and David Blunkett and the Lord Mayor presented the Area Panel’s New Year’s Honours.
Much recognition was given to those working with young people. From Elaine Virgo’s long standing contribution to youth work in Fir Vale, to Imran Ali’s passion to be a good role model. Steve Edwards was recognised for his outstanding work at Pitsmoor Adventure Playground and the coaches and managers at Earl Marshall Football Club received awards for their commitment. Youth workers from Streetworx were awarded for their impact on the challenges faced by young people. Nasira Amin’s award for her work with Reach High 2 Study Support, could not have had a more fitting acceptance speech:
“As Malcolm X said, ‘Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.’”
Residents received well earned awards for their contributions to their local communities. Ivor Wallace for supporting developments in Page Hall, Anne Murdoch and Flo Gill for their dedication to Firs Hill TARA, Roger and Anne Sheldon for their unwavering commitment to Wensley TARA and members of Carwood TARA for their efforts on their estate.
Among the outstanding workers awarded where Anesar Shaibi, for her determined support for those most in need in the Yemeni community, and Jim Bruce for his tireless efforts to improve the environment of Burngreave’s streets. The final presentation was a special award for Fazal Hussain, who set up the Pakistan Advice Centre in Fir Vale. He tragically died last year and his award was accept by his wife and daughters, followed by a moving tribute by his daughter, Shamshad, to the life and work of her father. She said:
“He was never hungry for big public displays of recognition. He was a true activist who kept the needs of the most disadvantaged and powerless, as his central focus.”
A full list of award winners can be found in this month's Area Panel section.