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Dec

Alan Morrison ‘Above & Beyond’ Award 2018

A city centre tenant has been awarded with Castlehill’s very first Alan Morrison ‘Above and Beyond’ Award.

The award was introduced to commemorate the life of Alan Morrison, who was a prominent figure in tenant participation in the North East.

Alan was one of the founding members of Castlehill’s Tenants Panel (CaRTO), and was the group’s Chair.  He was involved with the Scrutiny Panel, a key member of North East Tenants, Residents and Landlords Together (NETRALT) and a member of Castlehill’s Management Committee.  Alan devoted a considerable amount of time and energy to these groups and made a positive impact to tenant participation. The Alan Morrison ‘Above and Beyond’ Award reflects the compassionate person that Alan was, by celebrating the kindness, generosity and understanding that often goes unrecognised in our busy lives.

After much deliberation, CaRTO members and Alan’s family chose a winner, Diana Koszolko.  Roman Farian, a tenant in one of our city centre schemes, had nominated his neighbour, Diana for the 2018 award.  Roman said,

“Diana is a very kind and positive person that serves as an example inspiring other neighbours towards meaningful lives and how to support one and other living in the same community”.

He told us of a time when Diana helped her neighbours during a prolonged power cut. She checked on her neighbours, reassured them, called the energy provider on their behalf and waited with them until the fault was fixed.  Diana also frequently helps out others in her building, whether it be small things like taking in parcels or reporting repairs, and always has a smile on her face.

Diana received a personalised trophy and a cheque for £100.00.  Roman received a £50.00 cheque for being the winning nomination.

We would like to commend Diana for being such a good neighbour and Roman for taking the time to nominate her.

Details of how to nominate someone who goes the extra mile for you or your community for next year’s Alan Morrison ‘Above and Beyond’ Award will follow in early 2019.