Major award for pioneering addiction work in Kirkintilloch

Queen's Award
Queen's Award

PEOPLE with addicition problems are getting a first-class service in Kirkintilloch ... and that’s official.

The Addiction Recovery Centre has received The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service - the group equivalent of an MBE.

The Queen’s representative, Lord Lieutenant Rear Admiral Michael Gregory OBE, presented the accolade to Seamus Harkin, co-ordinator of the centre during a civic reception hosted at Tom Johnston House.

Lord Lieutenant Gregory said: “It was a great pleasure to present this Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service to such a thoroughly deserving organisation.”

The Addiction Recovery Centre provides help and support for people battling against alcoholism, drug abuse and gambling addiction.

Seamus Harkin said: “It is an honour for us to receive The Queen’s Award for the work we do at the centre.

“I would like to thank East Dunbartonshire Council and the Council for Voluntary Service for their support.”

Council leader Rhondda Geekie, who nominated the centre for the honour, said: “This is an exceptional organisation lead by Seamus Harkin who does an extraordinary amount of work and always goes that extra mile.”

WELL DONE (pictured): East Dunbartonshire Council’s Provost Eric Gotts, Lord Lieutenant Michael Gregory, Seamus Harkin and Council leader Rhondda Geekie.