Dundee’s two Constituency Members of the Scottish Parliament have announced their ‘Local Heroes’ who will take part in the ‘Riding’ or procession to the Scottish Parliament on 1st July 2011, alongside MSPs and representatives of different aspects of Scottish culture and society.
Her Majesty The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, Presiding Officers and the First Minister will greet the arrival of the riding procession in front of the Scottish Parliament building for a ceremony which will celebrate the opening of the new session of Parliament.
The MSPs are asked to select their constituency’s ‘Local Hero’ on the basis of outstanding record of service to the local community or other noteworthy achievements.
Shona Robison’s Local Hero, who will accompany her on the procession down the Royal Mile, is Cathy Hamilton who is well-known in the local voluntary sector as the Manager of Tayside Carers Support project and a key figure in the support delivered to people with mental illness through various forums and groups throughout Tayside.
Shona Robison said: “I’m delighted to announce that my ‘Local Hero’ is Cathy who is at the centre of carers’ services in Tayside and who I know from my previous role as Minister for Public Health and of course as a constituency MSP for some years.
“I’m aware that Cathy’s work has already been recognised by a Women Ahead ‘Sunshine Award’ in 2005 and a PIP Award (Principles into Practice) earlier this year for Joint Working with NHS Tayside at the Carseview Centre. I’m very glad Cathy has agreed to attend the Opening of Parliament event on 1st July.”
Dundee City West MSP Joe FitzPatrick’s ‘Local Hero’ is Stella Carrington who is Chairperson of Charleston Tenants and Residents Association.
Joe FitzPatrick said: “I’ve known Stella for many years and she has always been very heavily involved in community initiatives particularly on drug issues. She was the person who steered the project to develop the Village Green which has been a great benefit to the community and has been an active member of the Crime Prevention panel and forums to promote community regeneration for quite some time.
“She has done such a lot of work for the local community I’m very glad to nominate her as my ‘Local Hero’.