High noon for ‘Recognition Awards’

Pictured at the launch of Council's Recognition Awards are (from left) Cllr James McClean, Ballymena Mayor Cllr Audrey Wales, Rodger McKnight (Acting Chief Executive of Ballymena Borough Council), Cllr Declan O'Loan and Ald. James Henry.
Pictured at the launch of Council's Recognition Awards are (from left) Cllr James McClean, Ballymena Mayor Cllr Audrey Wales, Rodger McKnight (Acting Chief Executive of Ballymena Borough Council), Cllr Declan O'Loan and Ald. James Henry.

Time is running out to nominate someone you know for Ballymena Borough Council’s Recognition Awards!

The closing date for public nominations is October 24 at noon and the Council is keen to hear about anyone who has made an outstanding contribution to the Borough or achieved exceptional recognition in their chosen field.

Examples of this could include:-·

An award-winning industrialist who has created sustainable employment throughout the Borough or throughout Northern Ireland and beyond.

A sportsperson who has achieved excellence in their field which has been recognized at a national or regional level.

A church person who has dedicated his or her life to helping others either here or throughout the world.

A scientist or someone from the medical professional who has received international acclaim for their contribution to science or medicine.

A community volunteer who has dedicated all of their spare time over many years, for no financial reward, in helping others and is instantly recognisable in this field.

Someone from the world of show-business/media/arts who has achieved significant national or international acclaim.

Nominations are welcome from all sectors including, for example, industry, science, church, public sector, sports, arts, education, leisure, community and charity.

Criteria for nomination:-

All nominees must either live or work, or have lived or worked, within the Borough.

Nominated groups must either live or work or have made a significant/exceptional contribution within the Borough.

Nominations cannot be made for present members of Council or for people posthumously.

Nominations cannot be made for groups/individuals who have already received a Freedom of the Borough or have had a facility named in their honour.

Mayor of Ballymena, Cllr Audrey Wales, said: “Ballymena is a great place because of its people. I would encourage all members of the public to have a think about who they would like to see recognised for their achievements and contributions as it will be a wonderful legacy for Ballymena Borough Council to honour these exceptional individuals.”

Nomination forms can be downloaded from www.ballymena.gov.uk. Alternatively, hard copies are available from Council Reception or The Braid. Nominations can be received electronically (email to recognitionawards@ballymena.gov.uk) or by sending to Recognition Awards, Ballymena Borough Council, 80 Galgorm Road, Ballymena, BT42 1AB.