Champion of Change Award
Tom Stevenson of Stranraer Rotary Club was one of twelve Rotarians from throughout Britain and Ireland who were recently personally thanked by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg in a reception in Whitehall. Presenting the first ever Champions of Change Awards, Mr. Clegg spoke of the "extraordinary things" which the award winners had done. He was impressed by the variety of achievements of the 12 awardees.
"It was an honour to meet and be able to congratulate them," he said. "They have all given so much time, so selflessly, and with so much passion to help others and make our society stronger and fairer. Locally and worldwide they are helping people deal with some of the biggest challenges possible and every step of the way they are inspiring others to get involved and help out."
Nominations for the awards were in two categories, domestic and international, and invited from across Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland's (RIBI) 29 districts, which takes in over 1,800 clubs and more than 50,000 members. They also celebrated the centenary year of Rotary International Britain and Ireland, which has just had its first female president, Nan McCreadie.
Tom was honoured for his great work in instigating, planning and overseeing the construction and maintenance of the Loch Ryan Coastal Path and the Mull of Galloway Trail. He was the only Rotarian from Scotland to be chosen.
From left to right - Nan McCreadie - President Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland; Nick Clegg Deputy Prime Minister; Tom Stevenson Rotary Club of Stranraer and Mike Webb Director Rotary International.