Pupils from St Elizabeth Primary School, who won the Community Award, are pictured here with Martin Rhodes, SFTF Director (centre) and Tom Morton, BBC Scotland broadcaster (right).
The Scottish Fair Trade Forum announced the winners of the first ever Scottish Fair Trade Awards today. The awards ceremony was held at the Station Hotel in Perth and winners were recognised in five different categories.
The winners were announced by Humza Yousaf MSP, Minister for External Affairs and International Development and were:
Volunteer of the Year – Juliek Manowski
Juliek Manowski is a thirteen-year-old tech wizard who received the award for Volunteer of the Year by helping get the Castle Douglas Fairtrade Group up to date with IT. He received the award for volunteering with the group for a year helping them set up a website and a Facebook page. He co-produced a PowerPoint presentation about Fairtrade and Global Warming for the group’s use and continues to manage their website even after the initial project’s completion.
Community Award – St. Elizabeth Primary School and Community
The Community Award went to St. Elizabeth Primary School and Community, who have gone over and beyond the usual Fair Trade activities showing commitment, promise and drive for well over ten years. They have demonstrated an enthusiasm for Fair Trade that has seen them put on exciting and eventful Fairtrade Fortnights, much anticipated by their community. They have even produced their own rap song that has entertained at many local events.
Campaigner of the Year – Tracy Mitchell
The Campiagner of the Year was awarded to Tracy Mitchell whose commitment to Fair Trade and motivating personality has been an inspiration to many around her. Tracy was recognised for being the driving force behind a recently completed Fair Trade Nurseries pilot project in East Dumbartonshire, inspried by her daughter’s recognition of the Fairtrade Mark from an early age. The project was the first of its kind in Scotland and indeed the UK and beyond.
Tracy’s commimtment to Fair Trade goes beyond her work with Fair Trade Nurseries and constitutes part of a wider commitment that includes co-ordinating Lenzie’s successful Fair Trade Town campaign, running Fair Trade stalls and events through her church, and being a Shared Interest Ambassador.
Innovation Award – Equal Exchange – Coffee Grown by Women
The Innovation Awardwent to Edinburgh-based Equal Exchange for their Coffee Grown by Women range. They have been steadfast in pursing fair prices and premiums for their producers, but more specifically for women.
Equal Exchange continues to pioneer and innovate within the Fair Trade movement. Their “Coffee Grown by Women” range has raised the bar for Fair Trade by embracing women’s empowerment as a central focus.
Equal Exchange not only pays the usual Fairtrade and Organic perimums of the “Coffee Grown by Women”, but it also pays a small women’s premium which the women farmers decide how to spend. In Uganda this is being used to fund a school for orphans, in Nicaragua this has funded a mobile cervical screening programme and in Peru the women have replaced their old stoves which were belching black smoke and causing lots of health problems.
Innovation Award (Special Recognition) – Cally Phillips
A special recognition in the Innovation Award category went to Cally Phillips whose advocacy in Fair Trade has taken on a different format. Through the medium of drama, writing and publishing, Cally has been spreading the word about Fair Trade and converting people to it into the bargain.
Cally has established an advocacy publishing company Guerrilla Midgie, which published ‘Fair Trade Fiction Volume 1’ during Fairtrade Fortnight and an e-book ‘Five Fair Play Dramas’, a collection of ‘flexible’ plays that have been used by Fair Trade groups at events all over the country since 2007. She also recently ran an online Flash Fiction Festival to encourage people to ‘get creative’ in writing about Fair Trade.
Outstanding Achievement – John Riches
The Outstanding Achievementwas awarded to John Riches whose 33-year dedication to Fair Trade has seen him establish charities and import rice from subsistence rice farmers in Malawi.
John Richesnot only established the Balmore Trust and the Coach House, but also founded ‘Just Trading Balmore’ the precursor to ‘Just Trading Scotland’ now importing Kilombero rice from Malawi and jams and pickles from Swaziland.
More importantly John has had a direct impact on the lives of 3,000 rice farmers, campaigning to lift them out of poverty. He has done so by raising funds for projects to provide them with certified seed to increase their yields.
Congratulations to all our winners this year!