Wilma is an award winner

Wilma Swankie, Arbroath Town Mission centre manager and 2015 Arbroath Citizen of the Year, is pictured with her award with Arbroath Rotary Club president Iain Grimmond (left) and Arbroath Herald reporter Johnston Ralston (right).

Wilma Swankie, Arbroath Town Mission centre manager and 2015 Arbroath Citizen of the Year, is pictured with her award with Arbroath Rotary Club president Iain Grimmond (left) and Arbroath Herald reporter Johnston Ralston (right).

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A hard-working and selfless lady has been presented with the Arbroath Citizen of the Year Award for 2015.

Wilma Swankie, centre manager of Arbroath Town Mission, was presented with the award on Thursday (February 19), in recognition of her years of dedication to the Mission and its users.

Wilma has been a mainstay of the Mission for many years and with the help of her team is responsible for the delivery of the various services, classes and so on, that are provided at Arbroath Town Mission every day.

The award was presented by Arbroath Rotary Club president Iain Grimmond at the Meadowbank Inn and a speech was given by the club’s vocational and community service convener Alison Stedman extolling Wilma’s long association and commitment to Arbroath Town Mission.

She was accompanied on the night by her friend Isobell Wood and the daughter of the late Bill Clapham, himself a former Citizen of the Year and also a leading figure in the creation of the Town Mission as it is today.

The award, instituted by Arbroath Rotary Club and sponsored by the Arbroath Herald, is designed to give the public a voice in recognising the hard work and good deeds of the members of our community.

David Miller, president elect of Arbroath Rotary Club, said: “We are delighted to be able to recognise the good work of another Arbroath person through the Citizen of the Year award.

“Wilma Swankie has been at the heart of the Arbroath Town Mission for many years and is a credit to not only that institution but also to the town.

“Arbroath Rotary Club is committed to supporting the good deeds of our neighbours in whatever way we can and we look forward to continuing to celebrate their work in future Citizen of the Year awards.”

Brian Stormont, editor of the Arbroath Herald, added: “Awards like these are a wonderful way to highlight the unsung heroes of Arbroath and we are absolutely delighted to see Wilma Swankie receive the recognition she deserves.

“Our congratulations to Wilma from everyone here at the Arbroath Herald, long may her good work continue.”