Retired Headteacher of Sheuchan Primary School and resident of Minnigaff Jean Best was presented with an International Award for her volunteer work with the Rotary Club at the House of Lords last week.
As the founder of the Rotary Peace Project, Jean was given an International Award for the influence that the project is beginning to have in countries across the world including Nigeria, Mexico, Australia, United States and Great Britain. Jean is a member of the Rotary Club of Kirkcudbright. The first Peace Advocates Programmes in the United Kingdom started at Kirkcudbright Academy and is also in its second year at the Douglas Ewart High School.
At the second Rotary Champions of Change award ceremony twelve deserving Rotarians were honoured during a prestigious ceremony at the House of Lords on March 17.
The Right Honorable Lord Wallace of Tankerness hosted the event, and he described Rotary as “a great movement” and that he had been very humbled to see the achievements of the awardees.
Lord Wallace commented on the Jean: “Your initiative and imagination with ‘Service before Self’ does change lives, and those of us in Parliament who try to do things for people ties in very much with what you do.”
The Rotary Peace Project empowers young people to become the next leaders of the 21st century skilled in conflict resolution. Six Rotarians received an award for their volunteer work, primarily focused on addressing humanitarian concerns within Great Britain and Ireland. International peace and conflict resolution was one of the topics being tackled by this year’s Champions of Change across Great Britain and Ireland.
Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland President Peter King described the event as a celebration of how Rotarians change lives and an opportunity to network with other non-profits, businesses and parliamentarians.