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Citizen of the Year
New awards presented in first event of its kind.
by Tony BEllows

AROUND 70 people attended a St Brelade social evening which included a two course meal, the Miss St Brelade competition, a retirement presentation, and the new senior and junior 'Citizen of the Year' awards.

Constable Steve Pallett gave a retirement present to John Turmel. Mr Turmel, 80, has given over 4 decades of service to the Parish and has always brought a personal touch to his work, always available to phone to solve any problems regarding Parish refuse collection.

The Constable explained the two new citizen of the year awards for those Parishioners “who go an extra mile for the people in the Parish”.

The Junior Award went to Lucy Bevis, who has been an active and supporting member of the St Brelade Youth Club from 2007, and qualified as a youth worker in 2013. Deeply involved St Brelade Youth Project, she also sits on the advisory group for youth in the Parish, writes regular features for La Baguette on the work of the club, and recently worked hard to make the first Youth Hustings a success.

The Reverend Mark Bond spoke about the recipient of the Senior Award, Colin Taylor. Since 2005, Colin has been a valued member of the community, who first set up the charity "Caring Hands" for islanders in need. Around 2007, he also saw there was a lack provision for those men who, for no fault of their own, had become homeless. Working with Mark Bond, and former deputy Sean Power, Colin set up Sanctuary House at the former Sable D'Or guest house at St Aubin. This refuge was Jersey's first shelter for men who had been through a crisis and had nowhere else to go. Some are victims of domestic abuse or going through a divorce. Full from the moment of its opening, Colin worked hard to create a second shelter.

In 2014, Colin set up the first Alms House in Jersey for over 150 years. Based at St Aubin, this was a long-term home for poor people. Retired servicemen, fishermen and the poor were being helped by the scheme which was a member of the National Almshouse Association. With the "Love Thy Neighbour Charity", he also pioneered a provision for free or cheap health and dental appointments for residents on low incomes in St Brelade and St Peter to apply for.

"All these accomplishments made Colin a worthy recipient of the first 'Citizen of the Year' award" said Constable Steve Pallett.

Colin was unfortunately unable to collect his award in person as he was unwell.

Note: Since going to press, Colin Taylor, who is terminally ill, has been honoured with an BEM (British Empire Medal). The medal was presented to him by His Excellency Lieutenant Governor of Jersey, Sir John McColl on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen at a ceremony at Government House on 20th March.

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