Here are our candidates for the Garioch area.

West Garioch

Hazel Al-Kowarri

I am a mother and grandmother living in Kemnay since 1988. I worked for Victim Support Scotland delivering emotional and practical support to victims of crime.

I am actively involved in the community. In the past I have served as chair of the local Tenants and Residents Association, and was formerly treasurer of the community council.

I am first and foremost a people person. I enjoy working on the council’s Social Work and Housing Committee as well as many outside bodies that provide practical support and advice to citizens and disadvantaged groups.

It is a huge privilege to represent and work with the residents and groups in my local community, and to help them achieve their goals. Examples include rebuilding the Insch recycling facility, a major refurbishment of Kemnay Academy, new windows for Kemnay Primary School, the introduction of Park and Stride, and a number of road marking and safety improvements to the roads and pavements.

Sheena Lonchay

I have been involved in the Insch community practically since I returned to the north east with my family in 1992 after working in London and Madrid where I met my French husband. As my sons grew up, I chaired the Culsalmond Playgroup, Insch Boys Club and then started up and chaired the Insch After School Club. For several years, I chaired and was secretary of the Grampian Flyers Basketball Club and for the last ten years have been a Director of Gordon Rural Action (and an occasional helper in our charity shop, Review, in Inverurie) and a trustee of the Bennachie Centre Trust, the Insch Connection Museum and the Insch Institute.

I first became a councillor in 1999 as a consequence of my involvement with community groups and also with the Community Council. I also work for the NHS which gives me a useful insight into healthcare provision for people in our area. As the saying goes, if you want something done, ask a busy woman!

During my time on the Council, I have served on the Education Learning and Leisure and Social Work and Housing Committees and Chaired the Garioch Area Committee from 2003-2007. However, more important is the time spent speaking to people I meet out and about, using your wish list and concerns to influence colleagues and Council officers to maintain and improve Council services in the whole of West Garioch.

Inverurie & District

Martin Kitts-Hayes

Martin's background is in Economic Development having worked in both the public and private sectors. First elected in 2003 to represent the Chapel and Gadie Ward including North Inverurie and then Inverurie and District in 2007. Martin has been Chair of the Garioch Area Committee for the past 5 years. He also serves on the Infrastructure Sevices Committee and Local Review Body as well as representing the Council's interests on a number of national bodies.

Martin said "I am delighted to have been selected to stand for Inverurie and District for a further term. Inverurie is a vibrant Town and while much has been achieved over recent years there is still much to do. Delivery of a new Uryside school, Care Home, Youth Café, modern sports facility for Colony Park, completion of the Riverside Park and appropriate community facilities and infrastructure to accompany the growth of the Town will be my key priorities over the next 5 years.

East Garioch

Nan Cullinane

I am married with two grown up daughters and soon to become a grandmother. I retired as the Kintore post mistress in 2007.

I have worked with under 12’s within Garioch, served on local community groups, I volunteered as a Special Constable with Grampian Police, as well as working full time at Inverurie Academy.

As a member of the Scrutiny and Audit committee, this has given me a valuable insight to the council’s operations.

It has been a privilege to represent my local community, and help them achieve their goals, I will continue to campaign for improved pedestrian, cycling a transport links.

Westhill & District

Iris Walker

Iris Walker is a medical secretary for NHS Grampian. She has lived in the Westhill area for the last 25 years, bringing her family up in Garlogie. She knows the day-to-day worries and concerns of local residents. She is a founder member and director of Citizens Advice Bureau Westhill. Iris is also Press & Communications Officer for Westhill & Elrick Community Council. She was actively involved in the campaign to retain the Royal Mail sorting office in the town as well as putting in place new communication and marketing strategies for the Community Council. Iris is a board member of a local housing association. She has campaigned against the recent Scottish Government cuts to the housing budget.

Iris says "Local-led groups provide the 'social glue' that shapes the day-to-day life of a community and councils must work with them as equal partners, ensuring decision-making is made at a local level. If elected, my priorities would be to support, and promote inclusion of and co-operation with local groups, individuals and businesses. Also I want to push for more affordable housing for local people, and to rid our towns and countryside of the eyesore of litter pollution that has become all too prevalent".

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