Since 2011 Celebrate Aberdeen has featured a HUGE annual third sector parade, which has seen charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups from across the city walk proudly down the City’s Union Street.

Each year thousands of representatives from hundreds of organisations join to show just how important they are, not only to Aberdeen City, but to the wider region and beyond. The diversity across the sector is incredible, from children’s charities to mental health groups, organisations representing our servicemen and women, to those who provide support for loved ones with cancer and many, many more. Celebrate Aberdeen aims to bring together the local community, while shining a spotlight on some of the amazing people who deserve to have their efforts recognised.

All are fantastic. All do an amazing job. All deserve their efforts to be recognised.

The Celebrate Aberdeen Awards was introduced in 2018, organised by their wonderful team of volunteers, in partnership with Northsound 1, these awards shine the spotlight on some of the most wonderful third sector organisations and individuals the great city of Aberdeen has to offer.

This is not only celebrating the great work of the third sector; this event also provides us with the opportunity to give a MASSIVE thanks to the unbelievable business community we have in Aberdeen. It’s thanks to them that all those shortlisted for a Celebrate Aberdeen Award.

Buchan Dial-a-Community Bus decided to submit a nomination under the category; Heart of the Community – In recognition of an individual who has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to and passion for their community and whose dedication to helping others has resulted in an improved local spirit.

Norma Thomson (pictured right) was nominated for her continued devotion to BDACB and the surrounding areas various groups, charities and councils. Norma was one of the founding members of BDACB and despite the fact she died late 2018, her legacy and memory lives on. Her extensive work at BDACB and the wider community could not go without being celebrated. Norma was shortlisted for the award along with three other, very worthy individuals, however on the night the Heart of the Community award was presented to Norma posthumous and received by Buchan Dial-a-Community Bus.

Left to right: Mike Naysmith, Doug Main, Frances Boyle, Alan Watson, Spencer Critten, Grant Keenan, Lesley MacDonald-Ludlow, Jayne Fraser, Susan Fowlie, Helen Young and Gordon Cowie.

Celebrate Aberdeen Winners – Evening Express

Some of the Directors, staff and volunteers accepting the posthumous award on behalf of one of BDACB founding members, poignant member of the local community and rightly awarded Heart of the Community; Norma Thomson. Award was presented by Mike Naysmith of CALA Homes.