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Scottish charity workers recognised in new year honours

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​Stalwarts of the third sector recognised

Scottish charity workers, campaigners and volunteers have been recognised for their tireless work in communities across the country in the New Year’s Honours list.

This year there were not knighthoods or damehoods awarded to the sector.

However, 24 CBEs, MBEs CBEs and BEM’s were awarded for services related to charity.

Rowena Arshad, who is well known within the third sector, received a CBE for her work on racial equality.

Mountain rescue stalwart Steve Penny of Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team gained an MBE for his 28 years as a volunteer with the organisation, saving countless lives in the process.

Marion Yool, from Pluscarden near Elgin, volunteered in the early 1980s delivering meals on wheels for the Royal Voluntary Service in Cullen. She devoted nearly four decades to supporting others and has been made an MBE for her decades of voluntary service.

And number of British Empire Medal awards were bestowed to those in the sector for their services to charity and the community.

Ingrid Wuga from Renfrew, who escaped from Hitler’s Germany at the age of 15, has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to Holocaust Education and Awareness. In the last five years alone, more than 5,000 adults and children have heard her testimony through the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Outreach Programme.

Jean Alexander Watt Thomson gained a BEM for services to the community in Prestonpans. Jean was a member of the original steering group for the Harlawhill Day Care Centre and has remained on the board of trustees, chairing it for the last two years.

Edinburgh’s Arthur Dyke was recognised for his years of invaluable service to Poppy Scotland with a BEM. The former Lance Sergeant began working at the Lady Haig Poppy Factory in Edinburgh in 1994 and retired earlier this year due to ill health after 25 years.

And James Duncan from Forres, has been awarded a BEM for organising a golf tournament in his hometown since 2003. Since its formation, the annual competition has raised more than £50,000 to support causes including The Oaks palliative care centre in Elgin, Macmillan Cancer Support, Riding for the Disabled Association and the Forres Christmas lights.

The full list is:


Professor Rowena Arshads OBE Lately Head, Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh and Co-Director, Centre for Education for Racial Equality in Scotland. For services to Education and Equality

Dr Colin Thomas Currie MBE. For charitable and political services


Shabir Beg Chair, Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society. For services to Interfaith Relations in Glasgow

Ruth Mary Hampton For services to the Lord's Taverners Scotland, Cruse Bereavement Care and Autism in Scotland

Reverend Elizabeth Margaret Jack, founder, Richmond's Hope. For services to Bereaved Children and the community in Edinburgh

Lieutenant Colonel (Rtd) Roderick Michael Riddel Vice-Chairman, the Black Watch Association. For services to Veterans

Dr Catriona Anne Stewart, founder and chair, Scottish Women’s Autism Network. For services to Autistic Women


Fiona Margaret Kalache, manager, Mid Argyll Youth Development Services. For services to Young People in Mid Argyll

Lady Jill Ingram Kirkwood, founder and chair, Daisy Chain Trust. For services to charity

Jean Leonard. For services to Music and the community in Orkney

Ingrid Wuga. For services to Holocaust Education and Awareness.

Stephen James Penny, team member, Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team and Wellbeing Officer, Scottish Mountain Rescue. For services to Mountain Rescue

Dr Tara Quasim Clinical Co-Lead, InS:PIRE. For services to People with Post Intensive Care Syndrome

Craig Alexander Thomson, founder, Craig Thomson Scholarship Award. For services to Football and charity in Scotland

Elizabeth Anne Grant Wallace. Lately Chief Executive, Avenue. For services to Counselling, Family Mediation and Psychological Support

Marion Shearer Yool. For voluntary service in Moray


James Duncan. For voluntary service in Forres, Moray

Arthur William Dyke Box Maker, Chief Tour Guide and Workforce Representative, Lady Haig's Poppy Factory. For services to Poppyscotland

Elizabeth Isobel Harling, member, Kingussie Branch, Royal British Legion Scotland. For voluntary service to Remembrance and the community in Inverness-shire

Kenneth Alasdair Macdonald, For services to the community in Strathfillan, North Argyll

Amelia Thomson Mathewson, chair, Memorial Park Neighbourhood Centre. For services to the community in Levenmouth, Fife

Kathryn Lindsay Singh. For services to the Arts and the Asian community in Scotland

Marvyn Stewart, volunteer, Dunfermline Athletic Supporters Club Shop and Tea Room. For services to Football and the community in Dunfermline, Fife

Margarita Sweeney-Baird, founder and chair, Inclusive Skating. For services to Skating



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