Students honoured at awards ceremony

Presentation of Volunteer awards at Angus College on Wednesday. Pictured are the recipients of the special gold awards. The group are, from left - Stewart Roy national project officer, Tatiana Zorina, Gary Malone, Lesley Buchanan, John Burt college principle and Taylor Wood.
Presentation of Volunteer awards at Angus College on Wednesday. Pictured are the recipients of the special gold awards. The group are, from left - Stewart Roy national project officer, Tatiana Zorina, Gary Malone, Lesley Buchanan, John Burt college principle and Taylor Wood.

ANGUS College honoured over 70 of its students’ charitable endeavours in a ceremony last week.

The certificates were presented at the Angus Conference Centre during the annual Volunteer Awards ceremony, by principal John Burt and Volunteering Centre Angus manager Gary Malone.

Three student bodies were recognised for their efforts, the student representative council, Skillzone and Beauty Therapy departments all receiving certificates.

Individual achievements were also celebrated, and of those, three were singled out for special recognition with the award of a gold certificate, among them Arbroath resident Tatiana Zorina.

Tatiana works as a Russian-English interpreter with students at Angus College, and also dedicate much of her spare time to helping students who struggle with their English studies.

She said: “I love to help people, so I really enjoy being a volunteer interpreter. Volunteering makes me feel more integrated into the Scottish community and has helped me learn about citizenship.”

As part of the Volunteering Awards ceremony, Angus College also played host to a Volunteering Recruitment Fair, to further encourage students to take part.

Stalls were run by Tayside police, Augment, Alzheimers Scotland and Cancer Research UK, among others, and provided information on how students could play their part in volunteering.

Angus College Volunteering Projects Officer Stewart Roy commented “This year we received a record amount of nominations for the volunteer awards which really reflects the underlying culture of volunteering here at Angus College.

“So many of our students embrace volunteering and it is great to be able to recognise them in this ceremony.

“Volunteering allows our students to put theory from their learning into practice, whilst at the same time giving something back to the community of Angus.

“Volunteering is very much on Angus College’s agenda and we are working hard with our other partners nationally to support Scotland’s colleges to get on board with developing student volunteering.”