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Tain manager hailed as ‘a role model’ after winning a High Life Highland (HLH) Special Covid Award

By Imogen James

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Kelly Skinner.
Kelly Skinner.

THE efforts of High Life Highland staff who have gone above and beyond during the Covid-19 pandemic have been recognised by their employers at a special awards ceremony in Strathpeffer.

The High Life Highland (HLH) Special Covid Awards marked their achievements in person – the first time for two years that staff have been able to get together in this way.

Guests were invited to the Strathpeffer Pavilion for the ceremony, which was also broadcast online for those who could not make it along on the night.

The role model award went to Tain leisure centre manager Kelly Skinner.

She was hailed the most “dedicated, loyal and hard-working woman I have ever met” by Eilidh Oliver, cashier and receptionist at the Tain Royal Academy Community Complex.

In her nomination, Ms Oliver added: “Not only is she an amazing manager, but she was also such a caring person during lockdown.”

The awards event in Strathpeffer.
The awards event in Strathpeffer.

Winners were accompanied to the stage by traditional music from HLH’s own music instruction team, who also kept guests entertained during two intervals. HLH’s chief executive, Steve Walsh, said: “Without the selfless hard work of our passionate staff and volunteers, High Life Highland could not have provided the essential services to Highland communities at their hour of need during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Our awards were a fantastic way to recognise and applaud the contribution made by them over the last 18 months. I can’t even begin to tell you the sense of pride that I feel, having seen what our teams did for each other and their communities.”

– The winners were: role model, Kelly Skinner; team award, music instruction team; collaboration award, furlough team; innovation award, Lorna Steele; non-HLH employee, Grow Project team; special award, leisure managers team; special award, Covid-19 team.

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