Renfrewshire Council

A final farewell

As we approach the upcoming election, and since it has been a while since my last blog, call me sentimental but I thought I'd like to put together a final piece to reflect and acknowledge what an utter privilege it has been to be Provost of Renfrewshire.

The past five years have been so rewarding and it's been an honour to serve the community as Provost.

I've met so many outstanding individuals and groups who really help make Renfrewshire a better place to live and work and who have inspired me every day. I've been able to recognise so many of them through the Community Awards and Distinction Certificates, as well as acknowledging those who showed an outstanding commitment to their local communities during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The pandemic has had an impact on all our lives and mine was no exception. For the past few years, we have all had to adapt to a new way of working and it's definitely been a challenge.

Many of the events I would attend as Provost, like Armed Forces Day and Remembrance Day, moved online and we had to adapt and develop a new way of recognising those, past and present, who serve in our Armed Forces for all the work they do to keep our country safe.

A huge part of the Provost's role is making a difference and I've been honoured to support three charities in my time as Provost. Local charities ACCORD Hospice and St Vincent's Hospice do incredible work providing end of life care and support to people in our communities and their families and I've been able to gain an insight in to just how essential they are to those they support. I've also been supporting MND Scotland, a charity that means a lot to me after losing my mum to motor neurone disease.

Some of my favourite times as Provost have been raising funds and awareness for good causes. In 2018 I took a group of daredevils to complete the Highland Fling Swing and travelled around Renfrewshire by train as part of MND Awareness Week. Last year I undertook the Glasgow Kiltwalk - walking from Glasgow Green to the Riverside Museum. The pandemic has really highlighted how much charities depend on our support and I would urge everyone to take some time out to help a charity, whether through donating funds, volunteering your time, or simply sharing their posts on social media to raise awareness. Everything you can do makes a difference.

As my time as Provost comes to an end, I want to say a big thank you to everyone in Renfrewshire for welcoming me with open arms, and really showing me just how incredible and resilient our local communities are. I'm so glad I've been able to give many of you the civic recognition you deserve.

I don't know what the next few years will hold but I will never forget my years as Provost. It has been a true honour.




Published Friday 29 March