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The Donald Stewart Memorial Trust award for 2017 has been won by Catriona Bain, from Gress in Lewis.


The annual award which commemorates the outstanding work of the late Donald Stewart MP is made to an individual senior from any of the secondary schools in the Western Isles for outstanding achievement.


Trustees were highly impressed with Catriona’s commitment to Gaelic culture, her achievements in sport and drama, contribution to the voluntary sector plus her academic performance.


Catriona who is starting first year Robert Gordon’s University, Aberdeen, was a pupil council representative for a number of years in the Nicolson. As well as being elected to be a prefect, she was vice-captain of Addison House.


She participated in a wide range of extra-curricular activities, including the secondary schools Gaelic debate, was nominated for “Best Actress” at the 2016 FilmG awards.


The teenager has won a number of highly prestigious Mòd singing competitions, including the Silver Pendant plus the prescribed solo and traditional solo events for her age groups at the local and Royal National Mòds.


Catriona is also a vital member of, “Faram”, a local youth music organisation which plays at concerts and charity events.


Comhairle convener Norman A Macdonald who presented the award said: “Catriona epitomises the praiseworthy work which is being done in our schools and in our communities. She has put considerable effort into making her mark in all that she does.”


Murdo Macleod, chairman of the Donald Stewart Memorial Trust said, “2017 is a particularly poignant year for the Donald Stewart Memorial Trust as it is 25 years since Donald Stewart passed away.


“His achievements and place in history continue to be celebrated, by recognising the young talent in his beloved islands. We were highly impressed with the overall quality of this year’s submissions but were unanimous in our decision to make the award to Catriona.

Catriona Bain wins 2017 Donald Stewart Memorial Trust Award  

8 Sept 2017