This year’s Bolton’s best were unveiled at the council’s annual staff awards ceremony yesterday.
Around 200 invited guests gathered in the Festival Hall to see the winners of the Bolton’s Best awards, which recognise staff for the excellent work they do, presented with their trophies and certificates.
Now in its third year, 230 nominations were made across eight categories which, for the first time, included nominations from the public for the Best Contribution to the Community 2009 award. These were shortlisted to 34 finalists by the council’s chief officers.
And the winners are:
Best Apprentice 2009
Adam White, Business Administration Apprentice, Development and Regeneration
Best Team Worker 2009
Shirley Booth, Contact Officer, Children’s Services
Best Team 2009
Moses Gate Country Park rangers and grounds staff, Environmental Services
Best Manager 2009
Phil Wakerley, Community Services Manager for Older People’s Services, Adult and Community Services
Best Outcome 2009
Bolton Food and Drink Festival
Best Contribution to the Community 2009
Gillian Litherland, Technical Officer Hearing Loss, Adult and Community Services
Lifetime Achievement 2009
Barbara Oakes, High Street Library Manager, Adult and Community Services
Unsung Hero 2009
Jason Jedrzejewski, Dog Warden, Environmental Services
A special recognition award was also presented by Chief Executive Sean Harriss posthumously to Dave Hollings, the former Albert Halls operations manager who lost his battle with cancer in September. His daughter Kerry collected the award on his behalf.
Councillor Rosa Kay, Executive Member for Human Resources, Organisational Development and Diversity, said: “The Bolton’s Best awards are a brilliant way of rewarding and celebrating the excellent work council staff do to help us deliver our objectives and achieve our vision to improve the quality of life for everyone in the Bolton family.
“Yesterday’s event was a huge success and thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended. I was delighted to congratulate and thank each of the winners and finalists personally as it gave me a chance to see how much this recognition means to them.”
The event was compared by Bolton FM’s Kevan Williams, and saw music provided by the award-winning Smithills School Senior Brass Ensemble.