Hackney people shine at annual residents awards
Kind hearted Hackney Homes residents were recently awarded for making a difference in their community at the active residents awards.
The ceremony held at the Petchey Academy on 9 April, looked back at the past year, recognising those who go the extra mile to get involved and make a difference in their community.
The Resident of the Year award went to Marie Miller who has been a key member of the Lordship North TRA for many years and a pillar to the local community. She has been instrumental in an after-school homework clubs; social outings for both young and old residents; and the setting up of an Over 50s computer class.
Other winners on the night included Young Resident of the Year: Renee Mitchel, Ron Devoti Award for Long Services to Hackney: Kenneth Gilmour and Resident Group of the Year: Suffolk Estate Tenants Management Organisation (TMO).
Over 100 residents, involved in local Tenant and Residents Associations (TRA) and other forms of community engagement attended the annual event, which opened with a motivational speech from Hackney Community Voluntary Services' Kristine Wellington who shone a light on the impact that volunteers have on the local community.
After winning, Marie said: "It was really unexpected but it's great to have been acknowledged for this award. I thank all who took the time to nominate me. I love my estate, there is a real community feel amongst us. Although we have many cultural differences, we all get along well and come together to work on community projects and activities that benefit everyone on the estate."
A special recognition award was presented in honour of the late David White for his tireless effort to make a difference to the local community. The award was collected by his son Sebastian White who said: “It’s an honour to collect this award on behalf of my father. I am proud to be born and bred in Hackney and it’s great to see so many residents making a difference.”
On reflection of the nights events, Chair of Hackney Homes Board, Rupert Tyson MBE said:
It's been a great night, Hackney Homes is absolutely committed to making residents the heart and soul of the organisation and showing that we value and appreciate their hard work. I am always impressed and touched to learn of the inspirational figures in our community.