Vote for Buckingham’s best citizens

Abigail Staley
Abigail Staley

The entries have been received, the judging panel has taken a look and it is time to reveal the shortlist.

People have been sending in their nominations for the Buckingham Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year Award, which is due to be announced in June.

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Najib Afghan PNL-140423-165858001

The awards, run by the Buckingham Rotary Club in association with the Buckingham and Winslow Advertiser and the Buckingham Society recognise people in the Buckingham area who have made an outstanding contribution to the life of Buckingham.

Now it is time for you to vote for the winner in each category. Votes have to be in by June 13.

Adult Citizen of the Year.

David Gibbard – Mr Gibbard, of Mitre Street, Buckingham, a former employee of Hartridge and Co, has been nominated for his work with Chandos Park Bowls Club and Slade Recreation Club.

David Gibbard

David Gibbard

Tony Mayston, who nominated Mr Gibbard, said: “At Slade he is club president as well as barman/anything else that needs doing person. He gives much unpaid time to both clubs in the same way as previous recipients have to the community.

“He is very ill but continues with his voluntary work as best he can which I think is amazing.”

Christina Smith – Mrs Smith has been nominated for her work with 1st Buckingham Brownies. She has run the group for the past 35 years starting as Tawny Owl and taking over as Brown Owl around 10 years later.

She has also been district commissioner for five years during this time and has also held several positions. She is currently division commissioner for Buckingham alongside running 1st Buckingham Brownies, which involves looking after all the Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers in Buckingham, Winslow and Grendon Underwood and the villages.

Livi Parkinson

Livi Parkinson

Nominating Mrs Smith, Katherine Gibbard said: “Her commitment to the Guiding movement is a true inspiration to other members of the movement and the public.

“I really think the time, effort and commitment Chris has put into the Girlguiding movement in Buckingham is amazing and she is a true example of what a dedicated citizen within our community.”

Young Citizen of the Year.

Najib Afghan – Stowe School pupil Najib, 20, survived a Taliban rocket attack in Helmand provice when he was 12 years old and saw his brother killed.

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Chris Smith PNL-140520-150522001

He has been a pupil at Stowe for three years and this year the school has adopted Children in Crisis as its main charity.

Nabjib visited the community based education projects suported by the charity in Kabul last summer and has appeared at a number of conferences to share his experience of Afghanistan.

He ran the London Marathon for Children in Crisis, raising more than £4,000. His long-term ambition is to go into medicine.

Livi Parkinson – Royal Latin School student Livi, 15, has been described as a ‘polite, happy and helpful teenager who is incredibly generous with her time and always goes the extra mile to help others. Within school, she has dedicated herself to her studies, managing her homework to an excellent level and is a high academic achiever.”

Livi’s activities have included being part of the school’s mock trial team, which achieved inter-school success in the autumn, working on her Duke of Ediburgh Bronze award, supporting the school’s Friends association at the Christmas carol concert and contributing to the annual visit to Stock Lake Park School for pupils with Special Education Needs.

She also volunteers for Riding for the Disabled and teaches karate to five to nine year olds.

Abigail Staley – Eighteen-year-old Abigail is a young carer who has been providing personal care for her profoundly deaf younger brother and both her parents and sister. Her brother is now 15 and preparing for his GCSEs. Abigail has provided constant help and encouragement and undertakes a supportive role in the household. She became a member of YC2, Buckingham and Winslow Young Carers, when she was 12 and has been a regular and valued member ever since.

In her nomination, Margo Parfitt, joint co-ordinator for YC2 said: “She is a conscientious, empathetic young person who has been determined to not only help her own family, but to offer support and compassion to many other less confident young carers at YC2 when times have been especially stressful. She is also a shining example of determination not to become a young carers statistic in that many children who have caring responsibilities all too often become demotivated to pursue their own education and employment 

Abigail has also become a Young Leader, works as a volunteer youth worker at Buckingham Youth Centre, has a cleaning job at Buckingham School and works at a retirement nursing home. She is also studying for her A-levels and has learnt and uses British Sign Language.

The winner will be announced in the June 20 edition of the Advertiser and Review.

To vote by post: Complete the coupon in this week’s Advertiser.

To vote by text: Text your entry before midnight on Friday, June 13 to 65550, starting your message with the word BWACITIZEN, then the name of the person you’re voting for, followed by your name, your address (including postcode), your daytime telephone number and your email address (if you have one).

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