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The Leslie D Gale Award was instituted in 1994, as a tribute to the late Mr Gale, who was the last Chairman of Dursley Parish Council and the first Mayor of Dursley, and who served the community in so many ways. The Leslie D Gale Award not only recognises longevity of service to the community but also impact. Dursley Town Council is very aware that young people also contribute to the community, and that their work should be recognised. Nominations do not have to be for individuals; in past years groups have also been successfully nominated.

The Nominations for the 2017 awards are now closed. The 2017 award winners will be announced at the Annual Assembly on the 23rd May 2017.

2016 Nominations

Anne Anderson receiving her 2016 Leslie D Gale from Mayor Grecian

The Leslie D Gale awards are named after the late Mr Gale, who was the last Chairman of Dursley Parish Council and the first Mayor of Dursley.

The Leslie D Gale Award not only recognises longevity of service to the community but also impact. Therefore, nominations can be made for: an individual, a group, a team or a young person.

This year's award winners were announced at the Town's Annual Assembly on the 24th May 2016. They are:

Anne Anderson - Anne works at Treetops nursery as a Volunteer Co-ordinator but finds the time to help out with several local volunteer groups including: Sure Start groups and Dursley cinema. She is very active as a volunteer for Girlguiding, this includes being a leader at rainbow, brownie and guide units in Dursley District. Part of her volunteer duties include assisting with the accounts for 2nd Dursley brownies. She has held many roles during her years with Girlguiding but has recently been appointed joint County Commissioner for Girlguiding Gloucestershire. Her work has helped many girls and young women to have exciting opportunities and adventures within Girlguiding.

Emma Irvine - Emma has created a wonderful friendly and affordable pop-up cafe for mums to meet with their young children on Wednesday's, and Emma always ensures she chats to anyone coming for first time or sat by themselves to make them feel welcome. She has built up a great team of volunteers and her homemade cakes have to be tasted to be believed!

At the Town Council we know Emma well from our partnership with the Dursley Tabernacle where she has worked tirelessly to get the new Vibe youth centre up and running; which is a fantastic addition to the town. In addition to her paid work as the Tabernacle Youth Worker she helps with the Sunday morning children's sessions voluntarily on a regular basis. Much of the work she did with the Cam and Dursley Youth Forum and the Youth Centre Project was as a volunteer.

Emma sings and plays with a range of music groups for church and community benefit.

Emma has been involved with The Door Youth Project since September 2014 when they started working in Dursley community. Since then Emma has been committed come rain or shine to be involved with the detached team delivering youth work each Monday night in the community and also delivering sessional youth work out of the Vibe.

Keith Thomson - Keith started his employment at Veolia in April 2000, and has been with them for just over 16 years. Richard Chapman (Keith's supervisor) finds Keith to be a conscientious, trustworthy and loyal to the Company.

Keith knows exactly what the requirements of his job are and he is supported by Veolia mobile units and will know if there is a particular problem area in the Town. Keith is well liked by team members at Veolia and his work is to a good standard and he is always willing to do that little bit extra, over and above the normal call of duty.

Keith works in Dursley for two days a week and in Stroud for three days. He is well known by the local traders in both Stroud and Dursley, members of the public recognise him and he does a good PR job for the Company. Richard believes him to be a real member of the Community.

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