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Long-serving council staff from Caithness praised at awards ceremony


By David G Scott

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Three Highland Council staff from Caithness were congratulated and given framed prints after almost five decades working for the local authority.

The staff were recognised in the Highland Council’s Staff Recognition Awards on Friday, June 21.

“We had three people from the Caithness area who reached 45 years of council service this year,” said a Highland Council spokesperson.

Jennifer Irvine, area business manager at Business Gateway Caithness and North Sutherland, receives a gift for long service from Highland Council convener, Bill Lobban at the event on Friday. Picture: Highland Council
Jennifer Irvine, area business manager at Business Gateway Caithness and North Sutherland, receives a gift for long service from Highland Council convener, Bill Lobban at the event on Friday. Picture: Highland Council

The three staff were Rhona Hall and Fiona Anderson who are both admin assistants at Caithness House in Wick along with Jennifer Irvine, the area business manager with Business Gateway Caithness and North Sutherland.

Rhona and Fiona were unable to attend the awards ceremony but Jennifer received her award in person at the event in Strathpeffer Pavilion.

“Council staff were given awards in various categories and, in addition to these, 10 long-serving staff, with over 45 years of service were thanked for their service and presented with a framed print.

“The longest serving member of staff, Rhona Hall started work for the council in 1978 in Caithness.”

Jennifer with other attendees gathered outside on the steps of the Strathpeffer Pavilion at the end of the ceremony. Picture: HC
Jennifer with other attendees gathered outside on the steps of the Strathpeffer Pavilion at the end of the ceremony. Picture: HC

The spokesperson added: “Many of our winning nominations do not relate solely or specifically to one area or region, but are instead connected to work being undertaken, delivered or implemented Highland-wide.”

Convener, Bill Lobban said: “Congratulations to everyone, both those who won awards, but also to all those who were nominated and shortlisted for the Highland Council Staff Recognition Awards 2024.

“These awards bring the opportunity to recognise and celebrate the fantastic achievements of our staff across the council and across the Highlands.”


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