Evening Times 50th Scotswomen of the Year

Tonight, was amazing at the Evening Times’s Scotswomen of the Year as it celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year. What an astonishing achievement after fifty years later, it is still going strong!

2013 was to be a landmark year as the Evening Times as it celebrates the 50th Scotswoman of the Year Awards in the magnificent surroundings of Glasgow City Chambers.

There was six finalists this year in comparison to last year. This year’s finalists were:

Julie Love – campaigned for an extension to Fatal Accident Inquiry legislation since her son’s death.

Erin McNeill – the youngest finalist, determined to change perceptions of ‘beauty’, she has won beauty pageant titles in the US, Portugal, France and Jamaica, including Miss Scotland International and Miss United Nation International. She also dedicated her life to educating people about the dangers of fire and has raised more than £100,000 to help firefighters. Last year she won a British Red Cross Humanitarian Citizen award for her inspirational work with young people.

Lisa Stephenson – she raised over £250,000 for the Maggie Centre in Edinburgh after being diagnosed with a rare and incurable form of cancer.

Blanche Nicholson – is recognised for directorship of client services at Hansel Village in Ayrshire, a charity which supports people with learning and physical disabilities. Fifty years later it is still going strong after being setup by her parents as her sister has a learning disability.

Katherine Grainger CBE – Glasgow-born rower Katherine delighted and inspired a nation at last year’s Olympics in London, when she triumphantly claimed a gold medal to add to her silver medals from Sydney in 2000, Athens in 2004, and Beijing in 2008.

Isabel McCue – established a drama group, a year after her son’s suicide, following his battle with schizophrenia.

The moment of glory propel as the 50th – and youngest – Evening Times Scotswoman Of The Year was crowned, Erin, from Menstrie, Clackmannanshire.

Katherine Grainger CBE, the Glasgow-born Olympic medal-winning rower, received a special Editor’s Award. Katherine was also our guest speaker which she delivered with sporting passion and triumph.

I feel very privileged to have been part of tonight’s celebration and to have been part of the SWOTY’s guest list.