Seventh Heaven For Ashfield Girls' With A Hat Trick Of Eastside Awards
Celebrating all that is good about East Belfast, Jonathan McAlpin, Chief Executive of East Belfast Enterprise and Chair of Eastside Awards Committee, said: “I must pay particular tribute to the teaching staff at Ashfield Girls’ High School. It’s incredible that the school has won a total of 13 Eastside Awards over the past seven years. The calibre of entries every year surpasses the one before and the students are testament to the drive and commitment the teaching staff exudes in nurturing them on their educational journey.
“Once again, every winner of this year’s Eastside Awards has certainly shown exactly why they deserve to win and I would take this opportunity to congratulate each and every one of them.”
Jonathan was filled with immense pride in presenting the Outstanding Contribution Award to Professor Ken O’Neill on behalf of sponsor East Belfast Enterprise. A beacon of light in East Belfast, Ken will truly need a bigger trophy cabinet to house this award! He was the first person awarded The Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion and is heavily involved in East Belfast based charity Brain Injury Matters NI. The Chair of East Belfast Community Counselling, Ken has been a supporter of the Eastside Awards since they began.
The 2022 Eastside Awards in association with George Best Belfast City Airport winners are:
The 2022 Eastside Award for Apprentice of the Year sponsored by Wolseley Plumb & Parts: James Mallin, Totalis
The 2022 Eastside Award for Best Organisation to Work For sponsored by Fleet Financial: Connswater
The 2022 Eastside Award for Business Start Up sponsored by Belfast City Council: Murphy & Bailey
The 2022 Eastside Award for Business Growth sponsored by We’resure Insurance Services: La Bella Vita
The 2022 Eastside Award for Community Impact sponsored by Belfast Harbour: East Belfast Street Team
The 2022 Eastside Award for Contribution to the Arts sponsored by Millar McCall Wylie: Ajendance NI
The 2022 Eastside Award for Environmental Sustainability sponsored by Kainos: The Wardrobe
The 2022 Eastside Award for Excellence in Health and Wellbeing sponsored by Better Gyms: Ashfield Girls' High School
The 2022 Eastside Award for Favourite Classroom Assistant in East Belfast sponsored by Belfast Live: Kirstie Shaw, Ashfield Girls' High School
The 2022 Eastside Award for Favourite Eatery (Café/Restaurant) in East Belfast sponsored by Solv Group: Gardener's Rest at Hillmount
The 2022 Eastside Award for Favourite Teacher in East Belfast sponsored by The Open University: Suzanne Greenwood, Orangefield Primary School
The 2022 Eastside Award for Sports Initiative of the Year sponsored by Phoenix Natural Gas: Tullycarnet Boxing Club
The 2022 Eastside Award for Tourism Experience sponsored by EastSide Partnership: Titanic Hotel Belfast
The 2022 Eastside Award for Young Person of the Year sponsored by George Best Belfast City Airport: Lisa Jiang, Ashfield Girls' High School
The 2022 Eastside Award for Volunteer of the Year sponsored by East Belfast Mission: Susan Gillen, Titanic Tigers Special Olympics Young Athletes Club
The 2022 Eastside Award for Outstanding Contribution sponsored by East Belfast Enterprise: Professor Ken O’Neill
Michelle Hatfield, Director of Corporate Services at Belfast City Airport, said: “For several years, the Eastside Awards have provided us with an invaluable opportunity to recognise and celebrate the exceptional people, businesses and community organisations that make East Belfast great, and this year was no different.
“I would like to wholeheartedly congratulate the latest winners and finalists, who each demonstrate the community spirit that drives East Belfast forward.
“As a local business, Belfast City Airport is immensely proud to have acted as Principal Sponsor of these awards since their inception. We look forward to continuing to work in partnership with our community and the next generation through our sponsorships, apprenticeship schemes and Community Fund.”
Hosted by television presenter Tara Mills, Eastside Awards finalists were treated to a VIP Reception sponsored by Catalyst NI. Entertainment was sponsored by The Urban Villages Initiative. For a full list of winners, please visit www.eastsideawards.org
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