Church member wins Dundee Citizen of the Year award

Roz Scott. Image by D Nicolson courtesy of The Courier

A Church of Scotland member has been named Dundee's Citizen of the Year 2016.

Roz Scott, who attends Chalmers-Ardler Church in the city, was nominated by staff and pupils at Ardler Primary School, where she volunteers two days a week.

The 68-year-old retired educational psychologist, whose husband the Rev James Scott was the minister at Drumoak and Durris Parish Church near Banchory in Aberdeenshire until he retired, said she was "almost overwhelmed" by the news which came as a great surprise.

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Judges look for someone who provides selfless service to a voluntary body or the community and who brings distinction and quality to everyday life in Dundee.

Mrs Scott, who started volunteering at the school in 2010 when she and her husband moved to Dundee, was behind the creation and implementation of the Discovery Group - a programme designed to support and enhance children's learning and confidence.

The mother of two was presented with the award by Dundee Lord Provost Bob Duncan who described her as an "inspiring individual and one who encourages, supports and motivates pupils to transform their lives".

"Roz is an exceptional candidate and truly a worthy winner," he said.

The Rev Kenneth Stott of Chalmers-Ardler Church said it was "great" that Mrs Scott had been recognised in this way.

"I am delighted for her and the award is well deserved," he added.

"Roz is a very enthusiastic person who is full of encouragement and very thoughtful.

"She is very humble about the award it but it is exciting and it reflects well on the church and school."