ISLANDERS who have helped make Guernsey such a special place to live will be recognised, as the Guernsey Press Pride of Guernsey awards return for 2019.
This year there will be 13 categories, which will recognise a range of people in the community, including teachers, carers and neighbours. There is also a new conservation award.
Guernsey Press managing director Mark Lewis said the newspaper was pleased to again organise the awards.
‘At the outset, we committed to a three-year period for the awards, with the majority of award sponsors also making that commitment,’ he said.
‘Now entering year four, eight of the sponsors involved previously continue to support the awards and we welcome St Pierre Park Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort and Cherry Godfrey to the initiative.
‘These awards are what community newspapers are all about, recognising the amazing things that individuals and groups do, and celebrating them. Guernsey would be a much poorer place to live if these extraordinary people didn’t do what they do. We recognise that, our fabulous sponsors that make this initiative possible recognise that, and the vast majority of the population of the Bailiwick of Guernsey, who vote in their thousands, recognise that.’
The Guernsey Press office is transformed for the awards night.
‘It’s a night that every individual that attends finds really uplifting,’ Mr Lewis said.
‘At a time when people’s lives are becoming busier and busier, it is really important that we pause and take stock of what is really important, and that includes people that do special things that make this place even more special.’
Alexander Daniels Offshore is headline sponsor of the event.
Director Andy Partlow said they felt delighted and privileged to once again support the awards.
‘Pride of Guernsey is an extremely well put together and worthwhile awards ceremony that recognises the very best of Guernsey, from all walks of life, making sure the unsung heroes of our community are recognised for what they do,’ he said.
‘It is wonderful to be celebrating people for their values and community spirit and the Pride of Guernsey awards are the perfect way to award those valuable members of society. We were delighted when given the opportunity to sponsor these unique awards last year and couldn’t be happier to support again.’
Alexander Daniels Offshore Guernsey recruitment manager Steve Hubert said that as well as sponsoring the ceremony, the company was again sponsoring the customer service award, which launched last year.
‘Our business was built on customer service and I’m immensely proud of the hard work, passion and drive that our team has put in to take us from a small team of two working from home to a team of nine, now working out of prime office suites – it’s been a long journey that is well deserved and is testament to the high levels of customer service the team adhere to,’ he said.
‘We saw a great range of finalists for last year’s awards and it was a tough call to pick just one to walk away with the award and I’m sure that this year will be no different.’
This year the categories are recognising carers, teachers, young achievers, neighbours, parents, grandparents, emergency heroes, conservation heroes, angels and parish champions, as well as those who have made arts contributions, overcome adversity or offered wonderful customer service.
Nominations are being accepted until Friday 5 July. A public vote will decide a shortlist that goes to a judging panel. The awards ceremony takes place on Saturday 5 October.