Rachel Lewis, Youth and Volunteer Development Officer at The Bothie, the youth initiative of the Action Kintore community charity, has been announced as Citizen of the Year for 2018.
The award is made annually by the Rotary Club of Kintore, Kemnay and District.
“Her dedication enthusiasm and commitment to support young people in Kintore through The Bothie and her role as a community worker with Kemnay Community Learning is inspiring,” said Karen Hudson, Community Learning Development Worker in her nomination.
“She makes a difference every day to the young people she works with.
“They, in turn, look to her as a positive role model and somebody who will support them and encourage them in a non-judgemental way.”
Rachel is pictured above with her award. On her left is her mother Valerie Keith and on the right is Fiona Cooper, Chairman of Kintore and District Community Council and Secretary of Action Kintore.
Rachel works in Aberdeenshire with young people aged nine to 20, in youth groups on a one-to-one basis, in detached work and in sports groups.
She also works in Kenya through a children’s charity for which she is a trustee, Scotland Na Kenya, Pamoja.
Currently in her tenth year of youth work, Rachel is working towards completing her Professional Development Award in Youth work.
Rachel grew up in Rosehearty and always wanted to work with young people. She started as a volunteer youth worker at Fraserburgh Community Centre.