West Whitlawburn Housing Co-operative was delighted to host the presentation event for the inaugural Billy Hunter Award for commitment to education. WWHC established this award in commemoration of Billy Hunter, a former Chairperson of WWHC, who sadly passed award in August 2015.
Billy was a self taught font of knowledge and wisdom and then in his late fifties decided to formalise his education and gained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Glasgow University. Billy placed a great emphasis on education in relation to his very firm beliefs and actions in relation to alleviating poverty, discrimination and disadvantage.
Pictured at the ceremony held on the 14th December 2016 (Billy’s birthday) are Anne Anderson (vice chair WWHC) Dick Geater (Billy’s cousin) and this year’s award winners Keen and Hope Tsuro, and Jade Gourlay, this year’s runner up along with WWHC committee members Andy Duffin, Helen Anderson, Muriel Alcorn, and William Glover.
Dick said “ Many congratulations to Keen, Hope and Jade on their outstanding successes and we hope that The Billy Hunter Award will further inspire Keen, Hope and Jade, and many other pupils and students in the future to further academic achievements.”
The Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland has honoured West Whitlawburn Housing Co-operative at its glittering annual awards dinner held recently in the Hilton Double Trees Hotel in Glasgow.
The evening was hosted by Radio Forth’s Arlene Stuart with entertainment from comedian Des Clarke.
WWHC scooped top prize in the Environment and Sustainability Award category for the Housing Co-operative’s ground breaking and innovative Biomass Energy Project which was deemed by the judges to be “the best in Scotland”. The judges were particularly impressed by the manner in which WWHC had combined significant environmental benefits by using biomass fuel and had also become the tenants’ not-for-profit Energy Supply Company and was addressing fuel poverty, by freezing tenants’ energy bills for 27 consecutive months.
Pictured are WWHC Committee members Susan Anderson (Chair) and Anne Anderson (Vice Chair) accepting the award on behalf of WWHC. Stephanie Marshall (Depute Director), who has been the projects inspiration and project leader, was also in attendance at the awards ceremony.
Susan said “It is a great honour to receive this award and the project is certainly ground breaking, it is fantastic our efforts have been recognised in this way”.
Stephanie said “The project has been a very difficult project to finance and manage. It was not without its difficulties in the early stages, but it is delightful to see very high levels of tenant satisfaction with the project currently and also that the Institute has chosen to honour us in this way”.
James Kelly, MSP for Glasgow lodged a motion with the Scottish Parliament congratulating WWHC on their achievement.
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