The Dunfermline Press Community Champion Awards 2023 took place on Thursday, June 15 at the Glen Pavilion, Dunfermline.

The evening included a sparkling drinks reception, three-course meal, entertainment from local talent and the awards presentation. The event was hosted by Brayn Burnett.


Thursday, May 4, 2023


Thursday, June 15, 2023


Bryan Burnett

Broadcaster Bryan Burnett is one of Scotland’s best known voices due to the many radio and TV programmes he has presented over the past three decades. Aberdeen born Bryan currently presents Get It On, a nightly music show for BBC Radio Scotland and has presented a wide variety of programmes for the BBC. For STV, Bryan presented the long running travel show Scottish Passport as well as quiz shows, documentaries and entertainment formats. Having worked on everything from the Olympics to The Hogmanay Show Bryan has missed the thrill of big crowds in the past year and can’t wait to be back in a room sharing stories and celebrating achievement.

How to Enter

It is quick and easy to nominate a group/individual for a Dunfermline Press Community Champion Award.

1. Choose A Category

Choose a category from the list below.

2. Choose an entry method

Either submit the form online by clicking the ‘Enter Now’ button, or download the entry form and submit it via email when ready.

3. Complete the form and send it

The form is just a few simple questions to give us an idea of why your nominee deserves to win.

If you have any questions regarding the entry process or require the entry form in a different format, please see the FAQ section below or get in touch via the details on the contact page.



Celebrates a person or a business that has demonstrated a special entrepreneurial flair, and has used this passion to help grow their local community.


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.

COMMUNITY CHAMPION OF THE YEAR sponsored by Bandrum Nursing Home

Rewarding a local individual, 18 years and upwards, or a group, who goes 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.

HEART OF GOLD – Sponsored by Fife Council

This award goes to someone who has made a contribution of outstanding significance to Dunfermline and West Fife. We will be recognising an adult whose actions, achievements, courage or bravery have touched the lives of others and made a difference. Someone special who truly has a heart of gold.


When it comes to charity, Dunfermline and West Fife are as big-hearted as you can get. This award is for an individual or a group who have dedicated their energy into making a real difference.


For a local individual, team or club that is making an impact in the local sport, either on the pitch or off it. Who is the beating heart of local sport?


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 (Under 25) or group demonstrating good business skills.

YOUTH COMMUNITY CHAMPION – Sponsored by Stagecoach

We are looking for a group of young people or an individual up to the age of 17 who makes a significant contribution to their local community. They may have fundraised, campaigned on issues which are important to young people or helped others less fortunate. We know kids sometimes get a bad reputation. Tell us now about the kids whose heart is in the right place.


To recognise an outstanding child age 13 or under whose achievements, courage or bravery make your heart burst with pride.


This award will go to a local singer, band or group who put 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.


The Health & Care Award will recognise the incredible health and care workers both at individual and team level, who are at the heart of our local community.

2023 Finalists and Winners

Champion Teacher of the Year

  • Jemma Thomas, Crossgates Primary School – Winner
  • Amanda McLuckie, Octotots
  • Lisa Gibson, Studio X
  • Jen Turner, Studio X

Little Champion of the Year

  • Liam Taylor – Winner
  • Lola Stevenson – Winner
  • Jamie Tierney – Winner
  • Freddie Settle – Winner
  • Luca Kobelt – Winner

Sporting Champion of the Year

  • Kimberley Fraser Inverkeithing United 2014s
  • Billy Bunyan
  • Dunfermline RFC U-15
  • Niamh Mitchell – Winner
  • Valleyfield Football Club

Youth Community Champion – Sponsored by Stagecoach

  • St Columba’s High School Young Enterprise
  • Saline Primary School Young Enterprise
  • Dunfermline Police Scotland Youth Volunteers – Winner

Health & Care Award – new for 2023

  • Jamie Hinley
  • Caroline Norris
  • Pierette Melville
  • Saline First Responders
  • Andy’s Man Club, Kenny Armour & James Scade – Winner
  • Bandrum Nursing Home Staff Team

Young Enterprise Champion of the Year – Sponsored by Technip FC

  • Jamie Stewart
  • Louis King
  • Boards for Bairns – Winner

Entrepreneurial Award

  • Dhoom
  • Estia Soaps
  • Adele Johnson
  • Kalopsia Collective
  • Robyn Drummond Fitness – Winner

Charity Champion of the Year

  • Roseann Haig, Circle of Comfort – Commendation
  • Rachel Brown
  • Dave Roper – Winner
  • Vivian Maeda
  • James Fox

Live Music Award

  • Noah Brotherton – Commendation
  • Moonlight Zoo
  • Kirsten Adamson – Winner
  • Eve Hind Davidson

Community Champion of the Year – Sponsored by Bandrum Nursing Home

  • Peacocks in Pittencrieff Park, Peacock Sanctuary – Winner
  • Andrew Dunlop
  • Warm & Welcome, Vine Church
  • Sarah Yorke
  • Kirsty Baird
  • Martin McNair

Heart of Gold – sponsored by Fife Council

  • Billy Reekie – Winner
  • Wendy Page
  • Nicole Settle
  • Derek Davidson
  • Revive Salon

Judge’s Award

  • Outwith Festival

Special Recognition – Services to the Community

  • Sarah Yorke


Who can enter?
Anyone can submit a nomination, but nominees must Dunfermline or West Fife based.

Why should I enter?
By putting forward an individual, group or business for an award, you are helping the Dunfermline Press and Central Fife Times recognise the unsung heroes who are making a difference in communities. Those who have been shortlisted or won an award in the past have found it be a very special honour.

How do I enter?
You must complete our entry form to submit a nomination. Head to the ‘How to Enter’ section above for instructions.

Can I enter more than one category?
You can submit as many nominations as you like across the 11 different categories. The categories and the criteria for each can be found in the ‘Categories’ section above.

What is the deadline for entries?
The entry deadline is Thursday, May 4 at 6pm.

How much does it cost?
It is free to enter the awards and all finalists will receive one free ticket to attend the ceremony (or two free tickets if aged under 16).

Additional tickets to the ceremony are priced at £50 for adults and £25 for under 16’s.

What happens next one I’ve entered?
Once you have submitted an entry, we will add your nomination to the judging pack for consideration. Once the judging has taken place, we will contact you to let you know if your entry has been shortlisted or not.

How does the judging process work?
All the entries we receive will be considered by our judging panel at the judging session in April. Please note that the shortlist and winners are decided solely by our panel and do not come down to a public vote or number of nominations received.

When will the shortlist be announced?
The shortlist will be listed in the Dunfermline Press, Central Fife Times and on this website in mid-May.

When will the winners be announced?
The winners will be announced at our glittering awards ceremony on Thursday, June 15 at the Glen Pavilion. More information on the event and tickets can be found in the ‘The Awards Ceremony’ section below.

What do I do if I have more questions?
We are happy to answer any additional questions you may have regarding the entry process or event. Please contact Head of Events, Nina Holmes on 07500 998 357 or nina.holmes@newsquest.co.uk with all enquires.