The district’s most celebrated residents were recognised at the annual Epping Forest District Council Civic Awards Ceremony held at the Marriott Hotel in Waltham Abbey on Friday 16 March 2018.
You make the world a better place
The glittering awards evening was hosted by the Chairman of Epping Forest District Council, Councillor David Stallan.
Chairman David Stallan said: “Every year we dedicate an evening to celebrate Epping Forest’s residents achievements, successes and their unwavering dedication to the area and their communities. This year was no different.”
“To the winners and runners up, congratulations. It is people like you that make the world a better place. Thank you for your selflessness, generosity and compassion.”
In honour and celebration of the Youth Council’s 10th anniversary this year, serving and former Youth Councillors were asked to present each award to the winners.
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Citizen of the Year 2018
Staff Sergeant Instructor Dan Bees was named the winner of the prestigious Citizen of the Year Award.
He is the Essex Army Cadet Force Adult Volunteer for the Epping cadets.
Staff Instructor Bees has been selflessly dedicated to his group of young army cadets, teaching them life skills, increasing attendance and certification pass rates.
His supportive and kind nature inspires his cadets to realise the importance of community spirit and helping others.
Citizen of the Year 2018 runners-up
Lee Tant was highly commended for her priceless contribution to the Epping Forest Reuse service since its opening in 2013 and her passion for fundraising.
Ray Harris was awarded for his outstanding charity work and for his involvement in community action for people with disabilities for over 2 decades.
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Team of the Year 2018
The Chigwell Riding Trust volunteers were named Team of the Year 2018.
Not only have they been recognised for their commitment to keeping the centre running and physically helping 160 riders each week, but also for the wonderful social and reassuring atmosphere they create for riders and their families.
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Young Citizen of the Year 2018
Mitchell Tassie, a young man from North Weald was named Young Citizen of the Year 2018.
Mitchell is head cadet for the Epping Forest Volunteer Police Cadets and gives back to his community through conservation work and supporting local projects.
Young Citizen of the Year 2018 runners-up
Runner-up, Sarah Horgan from Sir Charles Kao University Technical College was acknowledged for the mentoring and support she provides her colleagues and her voluntary work.
Joint runner-up Jack Rivers from Waltham Abbey, was recognised for the help he gives young people with autism to engage in group activities.
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Community Service Medals
Community service medals were received by Detective Inspector Rob Staples of Essex Police and Community Commander Mark Samuels of the Essex Fire and Rescue Service.
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Youth Council Commendations
Epping Forest District Council Youth Council award winners Abigail Whelan, Jacob McNulty, Adam Freeman, Suzannah Halcrow and Annabelle Yaman were all commended for their outstanding achievements and dedication to their roles and Youth Councillors.
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Christianna Vitanova, a promising young rhythmic gymnast from Chigwell was the winner of this year’s sports bursary of £1,000.
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Sam Edmunds and William Patrick Harrison of Chalk Lane Theatre Company were the winners of the creativity award, receiving a £1,000 bursary towards taking their production to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2018.