Provost Honours Hansel
Last updated: 4.44pm, Monday 25th November 2013
On the 22nd November we were honoured by a Civic Reception hosted by Provost Helen Moonie to mark our 50th anniversary. Around 90 guests were entertained and enlightened over the lunch time event.
Blanche Nicolson's personal and moving speech gave a taste of what it was like in Hansel's early days and how much has changed over the years. Current customers, many of whom were present at the event, featured in a DVD presentation showing some of the work we do today, and Gemma Stevenson, another Hansel customer, had everyone clapping along as she sang for us. Erin Lannie, the winner of our short story competition was there to receive her prize, together with her proud parents and teacher.
Provost Moonie commented: ""It's no surprise Hansel has grown and prospered and I'm delighted to mark their special day with a Civic Reception.
"From the outset, Hansel took the view that people have a better chance of getting the support they want, when they are listened to.
"Today, as we celebrate their birthday, I'd applaud the forward thinking they have shown in recognising people fare best when they are supported by their family – and by their local community – and, as the Hansel model evolved, the focus of their service delivery expanded to reflect this.
"I passionately believe that every resident has their part to play in helping others and as Hansel looks forwards, I'd like to add my full commitment to creating and championing individuals and communities which welcome and embrace people of all abilities, allowing us to celebrate diversity, for the benefit of us all.
"I'm confident Hansel will go on to celebrate its 75th anniversary, its centenary and, I hope, well beyond."