Hillingdon Community Awards 2023

On Tuesday 14th March 2023, Corrie Irwin, Nicola McGeady and Christine Mills from Ruislip-Northwood Division, were presented with Hillingdon Community Awards by the Mayor of Hillingdon Becky Haggar.

Corrie and Christine were awarded Silver in the Helping Communities category with Nicola McGeady scooping Bronze, recognising their work for Girlguiding and also Corrie’s work with the charity ORCHYD. Congratulations to Corrie, Nicola and Christine. Below you can find snippets from their nominations:

Corrie Irwin

Nominated for her work within the Girlguiding Ruislip District acting as the main contact for the District and her work with Orchyd, a charity that provides an annual residential holiday for children with disabilities.

Within Girlguiding, Corrie does an exceptional job supporting volunteers within the eight units and demonstrating exemplary organisational skills. She juggles this alongside running a successful Guide unit, family commitments and a demanding job as well as her work with Orchyd.

Corrie has volunteered for Orchyd for much of her adult life and for many year has been the chair person. She had led the organisation through challenging years with determination, creativity and grace. The safety and enjoyment of the children is at the heart of everything she does. She creates a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere for the volunteers and finds roles to suit each person’s strengths. Corrie puts countless hours in behind the scenes each year to ensure the holiday scheme can go ahead and runs smoothly.

Nicola McGeady

Nominated in recognition of her excellent commitment to Girlguiding and support to fellow volunteers. She has risen to and overcome various challenges since taking on the District Commissioner role, including supporting units through COVID restrictions, and Nicola continues to adapt and be as flexible as she can whilst maintaining all her various responsibilities.

Christine Mills

Nominated in recognition of her outstanding service to Girlguiding as a longstanding member of Ruislip Northwood Division and her tireless work supporting the set up and running of our County Campsite, Willow Tree Centre, and raising over £2,100 for Willow Tree Centre by selling badges through eBay.

Assistant County Commissioner Marian said:

“I’m thrilled that all the hard work, enthusiasm and commitment from Corrie, Nicola and Christine has been recognised in this way. They are all an inspiration to me and to the County and these awards are very well deserved.”

They join previous winners from 2022 – Julie Spittle (Uxbridge Division), and Susan and Nicola Setterfield (Ruislip-Northwood Division). See their nominations and awards here: Hillingdon Community Awards 2022 winners.

Hillingdon Community Awards are open to all volunteers who live or volunteer within the London Borough of Hillingdon. Nominations for 2024 will open towards the end of this year.

Adult members who volunteer in London Borough of Harrow will have their chance to nominate fellow volunteers for the Harrow Heroes which will open later this year.

You can see further details on all awards you can nominate young members and volunteer for on our County’s Awards and Recognition page.