Orkney Youth Scotland Colleague Celebrated with Baton Relay


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15 April 2014

Congratulations to Youth Scotland Orkney Area Coordinator Maureen Herdman (above), who has been successfully nominated to carry the baton as part of the 2014 Commonwealth Games Baton Relay in July.

Maureen has been a youth worker in Orkney for over 25 years and is the Area Coordinator for Youth Scotland, as well as the Area Coordinator for Orkney Islands Council. She was rightly nominated for the accolade by her colleague Kerry Spence at Orkney Islands Council due to her tireless commitment, astounding effort and passion for the young people she works with. 

Kerry said: "Community learning and development, Stromness and Orkney as a whole has a lot to thank Maureen for and I thought nominating her to carry the Baton would in some way acknowledge our appreciation of all she does.  Maureen has dedicated her life to young people in Orkney, and as many of the young people she once worked with are now the parents of young people Maureen is now working with, the local community will be delighted to see her carry the Baton and be the centre of attention. Her enthusiasm and her commitment to young people is staggering and she is an inspiration to us all."

Maureen said: "I feel very honoured to be selected and a bit stunned that I was nominated for something I really love doing. The young people have told me they are going to cheer me on and I have told them they may have to carry me!"

The Baton Relay visits Orkney on Thursday 10th and Friday 11th July, passing through Stromness, Skara Brae, Dounby, Finstown, Kirkwall, Holm, St Mary's and St Margaret's Hope on its route.