LPS Award Photo

A week of celebrations

Last week I mentioned the importance of continued learning and this week the theme continues as I pay tribute to everyone who attended our virtual Learning Awards. It was a real honour to present some of the awards at the event and meet so many of you.

We host the ceremony to celebrate employees who achieve a professional, academic or vocational qualification linked to their role. I’m always impressed to see how dedicated you are to continuous improvement. It’s not easy juggling day-to-day work and home life, whilst studying so a huge well done to everyone for all their hard work.

After the challenges of the pandemic, it was so lovely to bring people together to celebrate your achievements. It was such a positive event and I think gave us all a much needed boost.  

Read the full list of awards  

For my podcast this week, I had the pleasure of speaking with Carolyn McAlpine who expertly compared the Awards Ceremony along with award recipients, Cameron Bonnar, Claire McLachlan and Maureen McSporran. You can listen to my podcast on the council website.


Another huge round of applause is due for the Education and Property Teams who won the Early Years and Childcare Development category at the Learning Places Scotland Awards, held earlier this week. They won the award for their work in delivering 1140 hours of Early Learning and Childcare (ELC), particularly the development of outdoor learning spaces.

This is a fantastic achievement considering the high calibre of entries. The teams have worked hard to prepare for the additional hours of learning. I saw first-hand the difference we are making when I recently met staff at MAKI Pups, the first fully outdoor nursery in Mid-Argyll.

We were shortlisted for three categories in total which is a real testament to all the hard work. Well done to everyone involved. 

Christmas eCard Winner

A winter view of Loch Fyne, taken from St CatherinesThe competition was tough but I’m pleased to announce we have a winner. Congratulations to Ailie Law from Community Planning for her stunning shot of Loch Fyne, taken from St Catherines. Thanks to everyone who sent in images. 

Have a lovely weekend.