The Greenock Telegraph is the voice of our local community, communicating and reporting on all aspects of local life. After the great success of the Community Champions Awards in its first year, we were delighted to bring the awards back again for a second year in 2018.
The awards were established to recognise, celebrate and honour the achievements and tireless endeavours undertaken each and every day by people within the communities throughout Greenock and the wider Inverclyde area.
We wanted to hear about your local community champions for 2018 and you didn’t disappoint! We were inundated with nominations across the ten award categories. You can view our 2018 shortlist and winners below.
Thank you to our 2018 sponsors and everyone who came to celebrate our local community champions at the ceremony on Thursday, May 17, 2018.
For information on the 2019 awards, please contact Hannah Docherty, Events Executive on 0141 302 6037 or by emailing email@example.com.
We hope to see you again next year.
The Greenock Telegraph Community Champion Awards 2018 ceremony took place on Thursday, May 17, 2018.
The awards were held at the Port Glasgow Town Hall and consisted of a drinks reception, 3 course meal and the awards presentation. Guests were treated to performances from our Live Music Award finalists: Anthony McElwee, Riverside Youth Band and Inverclyde Schools Wind Orchestra.
Thank you for joining us to celebrate our local community heroes.
The Greenock Telegraph Community Champion Awards recognises the efforts of the local people within the heart of our local community, across 10 categories. This is a chance for you to get your local champions the recognition for their achievements and reward them all their efforts.
We encouraged nominations from our readers and when we are back for 2019, we will be seeking nominations in the following categories:
Sporting Champion of the Year
For a local individual or team that is making an impact in local sport, either on the pitch or off it. Who is the beating heart of local sport?
Little Champion of the Year
To recognise an outstanding child up to the age of 18 whose achievements, courage or bravery make your heart burst with pride.
Sponsored by Greenock Telegraph
Everyone remembers their favourite teacher. This award recognises teachers who are bringing learning to life by engaging and inspiring all children and young people to fulfil their potential.
Sponsored by Oakmall Shopping Centre
We are looking for a young person or group of young people up to the age of 18 who volunteer and make a significant contribution to their local community. We know kids sometimes get a bad reputation. Tell us now about the kids whose hearts are in the right place.
Sponsored by Amazon
Rewarding a local individual or group aged 18 years and upwards who go out of their way to help those around them. Someone whose actions are a force for good in the community and who we all benefit from making our community a better place.
Celebrates a person or a business who have demonstrated a special entrepreneurial flair, and has turned this passion to help grow their local community.
Sponsored by Inverclyde Council
Recognises young people who have succeeded in starting a business, creating benefits for themselves and for their communities. This award celebrates the work accomplished by a young person or group of young people who demonstrate good business skills.
Heart of Gold
This award goes an individual who has made a contribution of outstanding significance to Greenock and the wider Inverclyde area. We will be recognising someone whose actions, achievements, courage or bravery has touched the lives of others and made a difference. We are looking for someone with a true heart of gold.
Sponsored by CVS Inverclyde
When it comes to charity, Inverclyde is as big-hearted as you can get. This award is for an individual or group, who have dedicated their lives to supporting an amazing cause. A chance to recognise the incredible work they undertake tirelessly.
Live Music Award
This award will go to a local singer, band or group who puts their heart and soul into every performance, whose talent makes us all extremely proud. Our finalists will have the opportunity to perform live at the awards gala.
2018 Finalists and Winners
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- Nico’s Pizzeria – Winner
- The New Chocolate Company
Teacher of the Year – Sponsored by Greenock Telegraph
- Denise Crawford
- Lorraine Morgan
- George Walker – Winner
Community Champion of the Year – Sponsored by Amazon
- Alison Bunce – Compassionate Inverclyde – Winner
- Inverclyde’s A Team
- James Boyland
- Taylor Barnes
Live Music Award
- Anthony McElwee – Winner
- Inverclyde Schools Wind Orchestra
- Riverside Youth Band
Heart of Gold
- Elsie MacLennan
- Jen Shaw – Winner
- Sheila Murphy
- Susan McIntyre
Charity Champion of the Year – Sponsored by CVS Inverclyde
- Inverclyde Recovery Cafe
- Jayden’s Rainbow – The Orr Family – Winner
Sporting Champion of the Year
- Bobby Thomson
- Isaac Dunning
- Lewis and Fraser McCulloch
- Rhys McCole – Winner
Young Enterprise Champion – Sponsored by Inverclyde Council
- It’s Main Frame
- Let’s Do a Jig – St Columba’s High School’s Young Enterprise Team – Winner
Youth Community Champion – Sponsored by Oak Mall Shopping Centre
- Maddison Mitchell – Winner
- Mhairi McCann and Rhys McCole
- Taylor Kitchen
Little Champion of the Year
- Jonathan Marshall – Winner
- Lewis and Fraser McCulloch – Winner
- Mya Morrison – Winner
- Team Leyton – Winner
Judith Ralston Presenter and Event Host is one of the main weather presenters at BBC Scotland.
Presenting the weather across all outlets on BBC Scotland Judith was recently voted one of the top three weather presenters in the UK. She also broadcasts extensively on radio. Regularly presenting Classic’s Unwrapped on BBC Scotland.
Originally from Edinburgh, Judith trained as a musician and studied singing at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, the Royal Northern College of Music. As a professional Opera singer she performed all over the UK and Europe. Her singing career ended prematurely when her voice collapsed.
In 1999, she returned to Scotland for a new career as a travel Reporter for BBC Scotland then moved into weather presenting.
She then began to present the weather on BBC Scotland’s flagship news programme Reporting Scotland. She is now one of the main faces of BBC Scotland’s weather and longest standing member of the team
Judith has been a guest presenter or contributed to a whole host of other BBC Television and radio programmes, including, Landward, The Big Freeze, the Andrew Marr show, Off the Ball, John Beattie, the Fred Macaulay show, Children in Need, Comic Relief, Midsummer, Grace Notes and Sportscene.
BRIAN HOSSACK, EDITOR, GREENOCK TELEGRAPH
Brian Hossack joined the Telegraph in 2008 and worked his way up from a senior reporter to become editor of the title in January 2013.
On taking up the post, he promised to uphold the paper’s proud tradition of fighting for the people of Inverclyde and continuing to promote the area to a wider audience.
Brian has led the paper to the final stages of the Scottish Press Award twice, once for its powerful Justice for Pets campaign, which challenged the Scottish Government to change the law on animal welfare, and for the title’s outstanding coverage of the Elaine Doyle murder trial.
He was also named UK Editor of the Year 2016 by the Tele’s parent company Newsquest and under his editorship, the paper has annually been within the top ten performing daily titles in Britain.
Brian is a keen sports fan and came to journalism after a fleeting career in professional football.
GAVIN MORRISON, GENERAL MANAGER, AMAZON’S GOUROCK FULFILMENT CENTRE
Gavin joined Amazon in 2004 and was the first manager to work at the new Gourock site. He has worked in various roles across the UK before returning to Amazon Gourock as general manager in 2016. He is local to the area having grown up in Port Glasgow, and now lives in Gourock with his wife and two grown-up children.
In his spare time he completes in running and triathlon events and competes annually in the Gourock triathlon. Gavin’s proudest moment in his Amazon career was meeting Jeff Bezos when he visited the Gourock facility in 2005, and actually taking to the stage to present immediately after Jeff’s main presentation.
CLAIRE JEFCOATE, OAK MALL SHOPPING CENTRE MANAGER
Claire was employed as Deputy Centre Manger on London’s “Oxford Street “in 1990 following a previous career in fashion retail. Since 1991 Claire has managed seven Shopping Centre’s, four of which are located in Scotland and joined the Oak Mall Management Team as Centre Manager in August 2008 from Motherwell Town Centre.
Claire works with a small management team, Stephen, Laura, Joe, Kevin and Gordon who all contribute to the daily running of the Oak Mall aided by the security and cleaning teams.
The Oak Mall believes in working with the Inverclyde community and Claire has been involved with establishing many community group partnerships during her 10 years at the Oak Mall Shopping Centre. Many of these groups involve Inverclyde Youth achievement and participation. The varied community involvement during her employment as Centre Manger is a subject that she gains particular personal satisfaction of what the Oak Mall has achieved.
Claire lives in Inverclyde with her daughter who is currently at Strathclyde University.
COUNCILLOR JIM CLOCHERTY, DEPUTY LEADER OF INVERCLYDE COUNCIL
Currently Deputy Leader of Inverclyde Council and Convener of the Education and Communities Committee, Jim was a Portfolio Manager within the pensions Industry managing a team of experts dealing with Final Salary Pension Schemes.
He was also the former Chair of the Finance Sector of Unite the Union in Scotland and is also a Board member of Inverclyde Leisure and Riverside Inverclyde.