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Personal Achievement Awards 2016

Personal Achievement Awards 2016


William Keown Trust 2016 Personal Achievement Awards

The William Keown Trust’s Personal Achievement Awards were held recently in the Seagoe Hotel in Portadown, when there were forty recipients from right across the Province and also one recipient from Hampshire in England.

Mr Philip Beattie, the Trust’s Chairman, opened the ceremony by welcoming the recipients and their family and friends, to what he said was a very important day in the life of the Trust and also for the recipients. He thanked the Banbridge Accordion Orchestra for playing a selection of music as the people were gathering in and said that we would be hearing from them later on. He gave a special welcome to Mr Garath Keating, the newly elected Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council. Mr Keating replied by giving all a formal welcome on behalf of the Borough and said that he had heard a lot about The William Keown Trust and was looking forward to meeting and talking with those present.

Mrs Elaine Orwin who has been blind from the age of four was our special guest. Elaine told of how when her parents discovered she was going blind that it wasn’t what she couldn’t do but rather what she could do. Elaine said that although she was blind she had an excellent memory and so was able to go to University where she received an honours degree in History and later achieved her life time’s ambition to become a teacher. She taught for over twenty years and now in retirement has received a ‘guide dog’, named Chase and together they represent the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association at various meetings. Elaine was a real inspiration to all present.

At this stage in the proceedings, Mr Sammy Lawson of the Banbridge Accordion Orchestra came forward and said how pleased the orchestra were to be back again this year at the Awards Ceremony and that they were going to bring a selection of tunes which he hoped would be pleasing to all.

Mr Beattie then asked Mr David Hanna the Trust’s chairman of the Admin, Finance and Awards Committee to come forward and read the citations for each recipient and also Mr Trevor Taylor, the Trust’s Deputy President, to hand over the Awards.

At the close of the ceremony Ms Olive Fulton, a Trust Director, handed over a bouquet of flowers to Elaine Orwin together with a donation for the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association and thanked those who had taken the time and trouble to nominate the recipients, those who had carried out the short listing, the interview panel, the Banbridge Accordion Orchestra and last but not least the family and friends of the recipients for coming. Ms Fulton then asked all present to join with the members of the Trust to enjoy the hospitality which was provided by the Seagoe Hotel.


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