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Davidson's of Inverurie Success at Smithfield Awards

That the Parliament congratulates the butchers, John Davidson’s, of Inverurie, on winning two diamond awards and three golds at the prestigious Smithfield Awards in London; understands that the awards are held annually by the Q Guild of Butchers to recognise the best artisan butchers in the country; recognises that Davidson’s won diamond awards for its Christmas tinsel pancetta and Juicy Lucy burger, and gold awards for its wag n’ char cheeseburger, farmhouse pork sausage and char siu guanciale; recognises the importance of craft butchers to the food and drink sector to the Scottish economy; applauds Davidson’s on its latest success, and wishes it well.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan, Sandra White, Jenny Gilruth, David Torrance, Richard Lyle, Maureen Watt, Ruth Maguire, Kenneth Gibson, Mark McDonald, Fulton MacGregor

Fly Cup Caterers Earns Healthyliving Award

That the Parliament congratulates the Fly Cup in Inverurie on earning the Healthyliving Award, which recognises caterers that use healthier ingredients and cooking methods; recognises that the award is supported by NHS Health Scotland and is the Scottish Government’s flagship Scotland-only catering scheme; notes that the Fly Cup is a social enterprise that provides access to training and employment opportunities for adults with learning disabilities; commends the team at the Fly Cup on its success, and wishes all involved well.

Supported by: David Torrance, Jenny Gilruth, Richard Lyle, Stewart Stevenson, Maureen Watt, Ruth Maguire, Mark McDonald, Fulton MacGregor

International Women's Day, 8 March 2019

That the Parliament recognises that 8 March 2019 is International Women's Day; acknowledges that the day both celebrates women's achievements and aims to tenaciously challenge bias; notes this year's focus on gender balance and the campaign theme, #BalanceforBetter, which is a call-to-action for driving gender balance across the world in all areas of life, including political representation and the world of work, and acknowledges that the day seeks to encourage everyone to ensure that women are equally represented and remunerated in any sector that they choose so that everyone can reach their full potential without discriminatory barriers being put in their way.

Supported by: Jenny Gilruth, Fulton MacGregor, Gail Ross, Gil Paterson, Bill Kidd, Kenneth Gibson, Emma Harper, Rona Mackay, Sandra White, Annabelle Ewing, Gordon MacDonald, Joan McAlpine, Monica Lennon, Stuart McMillan, Shona Robison, George Adam, Colin Beattie, Elaine Smith, Alex Cole-Hamilton, Ruth Maguire, Richard Lyle, John Mason, Angela Constance, Patrick Harvie, David Torrance, Annie Wells, Maureen Watt, Mark Ruskell, Tom Arthur, Andy Wightman, Alex Rowley, Neil Findlay, Stewart Stevenson, Clare Adamson

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Margaret Duncan, 75 Years of Performing at Turriff Academy

That the Parliament congratulates Margaret Duncan on recently performing at Turriff Academy's junior and senior dances for the 75th year; understands that Margaret first played piano at the school dance in 1943 when she was 13 years old; notes that Margaret continued to perform at school dances and aims to continue for as long as she can; commends Margaret on her efforts and her commitment to her community and school, and wishes her well.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan, Bill Kidd, Emma Harper, Rona Mackay, Fulton MacGregor, Stewart Stevenson, Jenny Gilruth, Richard Lyle, David Torrance, Miles Briggs, Sandra White, Clare Adamson, Angus MacDonald, Tom Arthur, Kenneth Gibson

Rainbow Rogues Awarded £2,000 by STV Children's Appeal

That the Parliament congratulates Rainbow Rogues on being awarded £2,000 from the STV Children’s Appeal; recognises that the appeal has raised over £19 million in eight years, with over 1,100 grants given to projects across Scotland; notes that Rainbow Rogues supports families in the Ellon area with children who have additional support needs or disabilities, and provides play experiences for these children and siblings under the age of five, as well as providing support for parents and carers; commends Rainbow Rogues on the service that it provides, and wishes it well.

Supported by: James Dornan, Bill Kidd, Ruth Maguire, Richard Lyle, Fulton MacGregor, Maureen Watt, Jenny Gilruth, Stewart Stevenson, Sandra White, David Torrance, Clare Adamson, Angus MacDonald, Tom Arthur

Because Everyone Counts

That the Parliament congratulates Because Everyone Counts (BECS) on receiving £9,981 from the Big Lottery Fund's Awards for All Scotland programme; recognises that BECS is a charity whose mission is to recognise and uphold the equal rights of all individuals, to offer equality of opportunity at all times, and to offer supported play and leisure activities for children up to the age of 14, including those with additional support needs; understands that the funding will contribute towards the opening of a new softplay premises in Inverurie that will be suitable for people with additional support needs; applauds BECS on its efforts, and wishes it well.

Supported by: Sandra White, Bill Kidd, Richard Lyle, Jenny Gilruth, Tom Arthur, Maureen Watt, Stewart Stevenson, Fulton MacGregor, David Torrance

The Amal Project

That the Parliament congratulates The Amal Project on receiving £9,934 from the Big Lottery Fund's Awards for All Scotland programme; recognises that the project was set up for, and by, new Scots from Syria who have settled in Aberdeenshire; acknowledges that the project aims to improve the resettlement experiences and outcomes of its service users by developing community projects to build on their skills and helping them access education and employment; understands that the group will use the funding to buy the training and equipment needed to set up a small community media unit so that, by using social media, podcasts and film presentations, people can share their story of settling in Scotland; commends those involved for their work, and wishes the project well.

Supported by: David Torrance, Bill Kidd, Monica Lennon, Sandra White, Joan McAlpine, Richard Lyle, Jenny Gilruth, Tom Arthur, Maureen Watt, Stewart Stevenson, Fulton MacGregor, Shona Robison, Clare Adamson

Marcia Morris MBE

That the Parliament congratulates Marcia Morris of Methlick on being appointed an MBE in the New Year's Honours List for her services to young people with learning disabilities and their families, particularly in Aberdeenshire; recognises that Marcia was a founding member of Enable Grampian where she was involved in various working groups aimed at improving the lives of vulnerable people, and where her efforts helped secure National Lottery funding, which allowed those with learning disabilities to establish self-advocacy; acknowledges that Marcia was a founding director of the social enterprise, Wood RecyclAbility, which provides practical training in a work environment for people with learning disabilities; notes that Marcia was also a founding director of Partnership Housing, which is now Inspire: Partnership Through Life, which was established to assist with the provision of services and accommodation for vulnerable people across the north east; understands that success in a legal case on behalf of her son ensured that vulnerable adults are appointed welfare and/or financial guardians; recognises that Marcia provided feedback from European study tours to trade union bodies advocating the employability of adults with learning disabilities and advocating their entitlement to become trade union members; commends Marcia on her decades of work to improve the lives of vulnerable adults and those with learning disabilities; congratulates her on her well-deserved MBE, and wishes her well.

Supported by: Miles Briggs, David Torrance, Bill Kidd, Edward Mountain, Joan McAlpine, Richard Lyle, Jenny Gilruth, Tom Arthur, Stewart Stevenson, Fulton MacGregor, Clare Adamson

Inverurie Smile Care

That the Parliament congratulates Inverurie Smile Care on being named Best NHS Practice at the Dentistry Scotland Awards, at which it was also named as a runner-up in the Best Treatment of Nervous Patients category; notes that its sister practice in Huntly won the best practice award in 2017; recognises the wider contribution that it makes to the community, including through its sponsorship of the Inverurie Academy football teams and the town's food bank; commends the staff on this success, and wishes all at the practice well.

Supported by: Joan McAlpine, Stuart McMillan, David Torrance, Emma Harper, Bill Kidd, Richard Lyle, Miles Briggs, Jenny Gilruth, Sandra White, Clare Adamson, Stewart Stevenson, Fulton MacGregor, Tom Arthur

New Deer Primary School Wins National Award

That the Parliament congratulates New Deer Primary School on being ranked as the top performing primary school in Scotland in the 2018 Renaissance Awards; understands that the awards honour the best performing schools from across the UK and Ireland at implementing best practices for reading and student growth in reading attainment, as measured by Renaissance Star Reading and Renaissance Accelerated Reader; acknowledges that Renaissance Star Reading and Renaissance Accelerated Reader are used in over 6,000 schools in the UK and Ireland to encourage and promote reading; recognises the importance of literacy to the development of children; commends the staff and pupils at New Deer Primary School on their success, and wishes them well.

Supported by: Joan McAlpine, Stewart Stevenson, Bill Kidd, Kenneth Gibson, Fulton MacGregor, Angela Constance, Sandra White, David Torrance, Jenny Gilruth, Clare Adamson, Richard Lyle, Tom Arthur

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