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'Well-kent' face is East Renfrewshire's Citizen of the Year 2017

A well-known face from Barrhead has been named East Renfrewshire's 'Citizen of the Year' for 2017.

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Anne Marie Kennedy (age 74), who runs her own volunteer-led charity East Renfrewshire Community Transport, has scooped the award for her dedication and exemplary efforts to assist people across the area.

The charity is aimed at people living with a disability or living with financial or other hardships. Anne Marie manages 47 volunteer drivers who assist people to medical appointments and ensure residents are out and about connecting with their community and attending local activities.

Since setting up the charity almost two decades ago, Anne Marie has also successfully raised funds for three people carriers that are accessible to those living with a disability.

In 2017 alone, she has arranged 54 shopping trips for 208 older people and 40 afternoon teas for 359 older people, helping address loneliness and keeping them active.

I believe that the passion Anne Marie brings to public life in East Renfrewshire, her commitment to raising awareness of the good work that goes on here and her dedication to the people that participate in her services is inspirational and make her a worthy candidate for this award.
Anne Kidd - nominator 

Anne Marie is involved in many other roles within the East Renfrewshire community including being the Chair of East Renfrewshire Voluntary Action, Community Planning Partnership board member and a founder member of the Public Partnership Forum which represents the older people's network on the East Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership committee.

It is an honour to be presenting this year's award to Anne Marie who is a very inspirational woman in our community. For more than 17 years, she has dedicated herself to ensuring local people's voices are heard and safe, quality services are delivered to those in need. I meet people every day who are going above and beyond and Anne Marie is a fine example of someone making a real difference in our community. Her work is exceptionally commendable. Well done and keep up the fantastic work.
Provost Jim Fletcher

Anne Marie was presented with her award at a full Council meeting on Wednesday 13 December 2017.

I am delighted to have received this award. I am very passionate about what I do however it would not be possible without all the volunteers who give up their time to help their community. A massive thank you and well done goes to them.
Anne Marie Kennedy

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