Eilidh’s is first name on new community award

SHIELD OF DREAMS: Eilidh Ferguson is flanked by Christine Pollock of North Lanarkshire Council and Supercounty chairman Ian Livingstone.
SHIELD OF DREAMS: Eilidh Ferguson is flanked by Christine Pollock of North Lanarkshire Council and Supercounty chairman Ian Livingstone.

A PUPIL at St Maurice’s High School has become the first ever winner of the Livingstone award.

Sixth year student Eilidh Ferguson, described as a model pupil, was nominated for the award by her head teacher, Laurie Byrne.

“Eilidh is an outstanding mentor and has a positive attitude to all aspects of school life,” Mr Byrne said.

“Eilidh is a tremendously caring young person who has a strong sense of values and a strong commitment to helping others.”

He added: “Outside of school, Eilidh is working towards completing the Pope Benedict XVI Caritas Award, serving her local church in Moodiesburn. She is also a regular volunteer at the Ozanam Centre for the homeless.”

Christine Pollock, executive director of learning and leisure at North Lanarkshire Council, added: “It is a very humbling experience to be part of such a special day in the lives of the recipients of ‘The Livingstone Award’.

“Eilidh exemplifies a conscientious, hard working student with a great sense of community values.”

The Livingstone award has been introduced this year as part of the Supercounty project, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary. This will now serve as an annual award for a student who, like Eilidh, displays the core values of Supercounty through their contribution to the local community.

Ian Livingstone OBE, who the award has been named after, said: “Supercounty has supported many community initiatives over the years along with the introduction of many exciting projects across Lanarkshire’s schools.

“Community spirit, dedication, motivation, encouragement and inspiration have always been important words in our dictionary and it is through these words that we celebrate the first year of ‘The Livingstone Award’.”

He added: “It is both an honour and a privilege to meet these outstanding young people and present them with an award in my name.”