Excitement rises ahead of the Pride of Jersey awards

With the Pride of Jersey awards 2017 soon upon us, finalists, sponsors and VIP’s are all preparing for a day of community recognition and celebration.

Recently, it was announced that one of Jersey’s most prestigious manor houses would open its doors to host this year’s awards.

John W Dick, the Seigneur of St John, and his wife, Mickey, have kindly agreed to host the awards ceremony on Saturday 23 September, at which the very best of Jersey’s community will be celebrated.

The invitation-only event, sponsored by Dandara, will see 12 awards given across a range of categories, from young achievers to grandparents and neighbours in what is set to be another emotional morning.

Fronted by impressive gates and a sweeping drive, the property, in the heart of St John, boasts acres of land including three lakes, its own private chapel, a Japanese garden, a maze and a falconry.

Explaining why he was happy to support this year’s Pride of Jersey awards, Mr Dick, who is also the Ambassador-at-Large for the Republic of Rwanda, said: ‘Jersey is a remarkable place for many reasons and one of those is undoubtedly the community. To be able to open our doors to help the Island celebrate the very best of its people is an opportunity we very much wanted to be part of.’

The event, which is due to start at 10 am, will be attended by about 250 guests and will celebrate Jersey’s outstanding community spirit. Nearly 200 individuals or groups were nominated, with more than 20,000 public votes received across a ten-day period last month. The three nominees with the most votes were then scrutinised by a judging panel, with the 12 winners due to be announced at the awards day later this month. The winner of each category will receive a prize to the value of £1,000, specially chosen to meet that individual’s needs or wishes.

A supplement that covers the awards and reveals the winners will be included in next Monday’s JEP.

 

 The finalists are as follows: 

 

 Ambassador of the Year: 

  • William Church 
  • Katie O'Rafferty 
  • Patryk Kucza

Child of the Year: 

  • Lexi Farrell 
  • Jessie Gallay
  • Holly Noel 

Community Champion of the Year:

  • Andy Le Seelleur 
  • Murray Norton 
  • Doug Smith 

Customer Service Employee of the Year:

  • Paulo Gouveia 
  • Physique Transformations 
  • Cathy Bithell

Environmentalist of the Year:

  • Elis Joudalova 
  • Jersey Beekeeper's Association 
  • National Trust Jersey Countryside Rangers 

Grandparent(s) of the Year: 

  • Maureen Lucas 
  • June Bratley 
  • Debbie Tucker 

Inspirational Leader of the Year:

  • Michelle Parker 
  • Yana Vibert 
  • Liz Lambotte 

Jersey Angel of the Year: 

  • Cate Goode 
  • Nicola Logan 
  • Tess O'Sullivan 

Neighbour of the Year: 

  • Tracy Burst-O'Donoghue 
  • Peter and Christine Le Garignon 
  • Jo Brown 

Teacher of the Year: 

  • Rebecca Lawrence 
  • Diane Marsay 
  • Lisa Paul 

Volunteer/Fundraiser of the Year: 

  • Richard Woodhouse
  • Alex Hilton 
  • Jersey Freemasons 

Young Achiever of the Year: 

  • Barney Gordon 
  • Alex Buesnel 
  • Hamish Morrison