The Roll of Honour has been introduced to recognise and appreciate those volunteers and other individuals within the local voluntary sector that have passed away but are very much remembered in our hearts and minds for the tremendous contributions they made.
Below are the first inductees to be welcomed into the Roll of Honour, in chronological order of their passing:
Vincent McBride of Cumbernauld, a volunteer advocate for people with mental health issues with Lanarkshire Links and SAMH. One of Vincent’s greatest achievements was the launch of the SAMH Clubnet service in 2006, and the legacy of this continues today through the Expeerience Counts service. Vincent passed away in 2006.
Alan Calder of Motherwell, founding member and a tireless volunteer with Dalziel Rugby Club. Alan’s legacy has been the development of young people through sport regardless of social background or ability, and his son Graham has taken over the mantle and continued the good work started by Alan. Alan passed away in 2008.
James Keir of Salsburgh, a Volunteer Board Member of Monklands Association For Voluntary Services, CVS North Lanarkshire and Voluntary Action North Lanarkshire. ‘Junior’, as he was known, was also an active volunteer of Salsburgh Community Council, Dykehead Amateurs Flute Band and several other organisations in the Salsburgh area. James passed away in 2011.
Joseph Wilson of Newarthill and Carfin, a young volunteer with who was taken from us all too soon at the age of 17. A truly warm and kind hearted young man, Joseph was a tremendous volunteer with Wishaw General Hospital, St Andrew’s Hospice, The Ozanam Club in Carfin and at his church. Joseph passed away in 2011.
Ruby Campbell of Coatbridge, a Volunteer Board Member of Monklands Association For Voluntary Services and CVS North Lanarkshire. Creatively talented, Ruby was also a volunteer member of North Lanarkshire Arts Association and a great champion of the voluntary sector in North Lanarkshire. Ruby passed away in 2012.
Thomas Murray of Shotts, a volunteer for over 30 years with Shotts and District Volunteer Addiction Group, where he supported a large number of individuals and families affected by alcoholism and other addictions. Thomas was also a member of North Lanarkshire Carers Together in his later years. Thomas passed away in 2012.
Denis Hackett of Kilsyth, a volunteer, worker and manager at Cumbernauld and Kilsyth Unemployed Workers Centre for over 30 years. During that time, Denis helped hundreds of vulnerable and disadvantaged people living in Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and beyond with advice and welfare rights. Denis passed away in 2013.
Patricia Lewis of Bellshill, a volunteer at Mosshill Credit Union for over 40 years. As well as supporting Mosshill Credit Union, Patricia trained volunteers from other Credit Unions across the UK. She was also an active contributor and donator to many other community groups and initiatives. Patricia passed away in 2013.
Steve Taylor of Coatbridge, a tireless volunteer with Moira Anderson Foundation for many years. Steve’s volunteering contributed greatly to supporting the organisation’s goal of helping those affected by childhood sexual abuse. Steve left a generous financial gift to Moira Anderson Foundation after his death. Steve passed away in 2014.
Greg McFarlane of Motherwell, a committed volunteer and community activist with several organisations over many years, including North Lanarkshire Disability Forum, Voice of Experience Forum, Partnership for Change, The Poverty Alliance and the Care Inspectorate in North Lanarkshire. Greg passed away in 2014.
Felix Mulholland of Motherwell, popular and respected Chair of Motherwell Community Forum. Felix championed the development of communities through his volunteering with the Forum and in many other roles, including as Chair of the North Area Public Partnership Forum and Treasurer of The Glasgow Legal Services Agency. Felix’s efforts in his local church also saw him awarded the Benemerenti Medal, an honour only a select few in this area have received. Felix passed away in 2015.
Celia Galbraith of Coatbridge, a dedicated volunteer with WRVS (now Royal Voluntary Service) at Monklands Hospital. Musically talented and a member of ATS Pipe Band, Celia was a deeply caring former army member who helped many older and disabled people through her volunteering. Celia passed away in 2015.
David Summers of Wishaw, popular and respected Chair of Wishaw, Murdostoun and Fortissat Community Forum. David was also an active volunteer of North Lanarkshire Community Forum Network and Voluntary Action North Lanarkshire, amongst other groups. The Houldsworth Centre in Wishaw recently named its Conference Room in David’s memory. David passed away in 2015.
David Nimmo of Moodiesburn, a founding member of Stoneyetts Bowling Club as well as being an active volunteer with Bridgend Primary School Football Team and Stoneyetts Hospital Bowling Team. A yearly memorial bowls tournament is held in David’s honour. David passed away in 2015.
Dr Sylvia Marletta of Shotts, a dedicated volunteer with many organisations in the field of fertility care. Dr Marletta taught hundreds of couples about their fertility and gave her time willingly, always listening with a sympathetic ear. She was a great supporter to many couples preparing for marriage living in the Motherwell area. Dr Marletta passed away in 2015.
Jim McKnight of Airdrie, a Volunteer Driver with Lanarkshire Cancer Care Trust for 14 years. Jim, who also served as a Board member of Lanarkshire Cancer Care Trust for 3 years, transported a large number of patients during his time with the organisation and was known for his compassion and kindness to the people he transported. Jim passed away in 2015.
Sheila Laidlaw of Gartcosh, a valued volunteer for seven years with Gartcosh Lunch Club. Sheila was instrumental in establishing the Lunch Club and ensuring its sustainability, and her legacy and spirit lives on with the continuation of the Lunch Club through the friends who miss her greatly. Sheila passed away in 2016.
David McIntosh of Carluke, Operations Manager of Routes to Work from the company’s early beginnings in 2004 until his untimely death in 2016. Davie was an inspirational leader who brought honesty, integrity and commitment to his job and he showed great compassion, understanding and empathy in supporting many unemployed people back to work. Davie passed away in 2016.
Jason West of Airdrie, a much loved volunteer of Orbiston Neighbourhood Centre in Bellshill. His volunteering roles involved supporting the food coop and older people’s day service, where calling out the bingo numbers for the older people was one of his favourite tasks. Jason passed away in 2016.
Tony Fitzpatrick of Hartwood, a founding Director of North Lanarkshire Carers Together. Tony was an avid campaigner for unpaid carers and people with mental illness and learning disabilities. He made a significant contribution to the development of the Carers (Scotland) Act and the Carers’ Rights Charter. Tony passed away in 2016.
James Plunkett of Coatbridge devoted over 50 years’ service to the Scouting Association. As a young man, Jim (as he was known) joined the 5th Airdrie Scout Group and in his latter years helped establish his own group, the 10th Coatbridge Scout Group. In addition to being a Scouting Association member for many years, he also served as a District Commissioner. Highly respected and sadly missed by all who knew him, Jim also was a performer within the Gang Show which was held annually here at Sir John Wilson Town Hall in Airdrie. Jim passed away in 2015. (
Carolyn Wilkie of Coatbridge was a hard-working, committed and crucial volunteer at Kirkshaws Neighbourhood Centre. Carolyn dedicated over 20 years volunteering service to the Centre, its users and her local community of Kirkshaws. She was integral in the success of the Centre and assisted with the implementation of many valuable services. Carolyn volunteered daily within the Community Café and was a favourite with service users, staff and volunteers alike. She was also a popular and respected volunteer and supporter of the Calder Caravan Scheme. Carolyn passed away in 2017.
Rose Cadden of Cumbernauld was an outstanding volunteer within the Cumbernauld area all her life, serving as Secretary of Westfield Community Council for over 30 years. She was also an active member of Cumbernauld Community Forum and Crime Prevention Panel. Rose passed away in 2017.
Jane McMillan of Wishaw was a community activist all her life, helping disadvantaged people. Despite her own health problems, Jane was a respected and active volunteer of Lanarkshire Links and Wishaw, Murdostoun and Fortissat Community Forum. Jane passed away in 2017.