‘Look beyond response to pandemic for Pride award nominations’

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ALTHOUGH many people in the community have shone in recent months during the pandemic, the Bailiff has reminded nominators for this year’s Pride of Guernsey awards to look further back at who makes the Bailiwick’s community vibrant.

Bailiff Richard McMahon has urged people considering making nominations for the Guernsey Press Pride of Guernsey awards to look further than just those who performed so well during the Covid-19 pandemic. (Picture by Peter Frankland, 28442855)

The Guernsey Press Pride of Guernsey awards are back for the fifth year, with 13 categories recognising incredible people across the island who make our community a better place to live.

Bailiff Richard McMahon said that strong sense of community spirit has been at the forefront of the minds of many in recent months because of islanders’ responses to the pandemic.

‘Whilst those considering making nominations may, quite naturally, think of those who performed so admirably during those months, the awards cover a longer time frame and so I would encourage everyone who believes that any person or organisation deserves to be considered in any category to make that nomination,’ he said.

He was confident that the judges would prefer to have as broad a range of nominations from which to select rather than anyone chose not to propose somebody for an award for fear that it would be discounted.

‘Everyone who has done something special merits that consideration, so I hope that many names will be put forward, extending to those who have been nominated before, whether by using the website or submitting one of the forms.

‘All of us should take pride in everyone who receives a nomination.

‘Sue-Yin and I have had the privilege of attending each of the first four Pride of Guernsey awards events.

‘We know at first-hand how well received the awards have been because they offer public recognition to those who do extraordinary things for the benefit of others in our community without ever seeking or expecting such recognition.

‘Without these people, all our lives would be poorer and it is entirely proper that our community should reward them for the differences they make and the impact they have on making our islands such wonderful places.’

Zoe Fitch

By Zoe Fitch
News reporter

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