A dedicated Cornerstone employee has triumphed in the final of the prestigious Herald Society Awards 2013.
Pat Strickland, who is Team Leader at Cornerstone Connects in North Lanarkshire, was successful in the ‘Worker of the Year’ category, which recognises individuals whose outstanding drive and commitment has made a difference in improving the lives of people in Scotland.
Based in Airdrie, North Lanarkshire, Cornerstone Connects is a unique project that delivers flexible, responsive and creative activities to individuals with additional needs. The group provides the opportunity for mutual support and encourages new and lasting friendships while being actively involved in their community.
In a financially challenging climate with reduced resources, the project was first formed, with Pat at the helm, to offer a unique and refreshing approach to traditional day services.
Pat has gone on to develop a true community-based project encompassing a broad range of inspiring and creative activities including cartoon writing, gardening, both indoor and outdoor, arts and crafts, cookery and music therapy.
Pat said: “I am over the moon to have been given this award, it shows that the direction Cornerstone has taken and faith shown in me has proved to be correct.
"This is my very first award and I will use this achievement as a benchmark to build bigger and better groups for the people who attend Connect.
"Like most good things in life there needs to be good teamwork. I have a great team who make magic on a daily basis, next year we hope to win a team award."
Shona Murray, Pat’s line manager, believes he is thoroughly deserving of this recognition and it is testament to the hard work and commitment he gives to the charity and the people we support.
“Pat has been a real inspiration to both the people he supports and his colleagues. Over the last 12 months he has worked tirelessly to work with individuals who require additional support needs in order to offer an alternative type of service. Connects is all about offering each individual a piece of 'magic' that can make a difference to their lives and meet outcomes that are important to the them.
“Pat has a 'can do, will do, why not?’ attitude that is a delight to watch and the difference he has made to people involved in Connects has been enormous.
“All of Pat's co-workers, families and everybody involved in Cornerstone in North Lanarkshire are overjoyed to see that Pat has been recognised for all his hard work, and look forward to being by his side for the future of Connects.”
The Herald Society Awards ceremony took place at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow, on Wednesday, November 20.