AT THEIR AGM, Angus Housing Association (AHA) paid tribute to two long-serving committee members with a combined voluntary service of over 40 years.
Before standing down as chairman after five years, Hazel Farquhar thanked retiring committee member with 25 years’ service, Jim Scott, for his unparalleled contribution to the work of AHA. With his pre-retirement professional background as a Chartered Accountant and managing partner of a local accountancy firm, Mr Scott was a natural fit for treasurer, a position he held for the last 17 years.
On presenting him with a gift Ms Farquhar said: “Jim’s contribution to our work over the last 25 years has been outstanding. As treasurer, he worked in partnership with staff to take us from an organisation almost entirely reliant on cashflow to where we have built up reasonable reserves. When big financial decisions have needed to be taken, the committee always looked first to Jim for guidance.”
Ms Farquhar was then surprised to have the tables turned on her when vice-chairman Sheena Welsh presented her with a gift.
She said: “Hazel joined our committee 16 years ago as one of a tenant with an interest in what we were doing in her home village of Auchmithie. She widened her horizons with her desire to contribute to all aspects of our work. She went on to chair our design and development sub-committee before becoming vice-chairman, and in 2007 our first tenant chairman. Whether it has been in her style of chairing meetings, her working relationships with staff or her visits to our sheltered housing lounges to demonstrate line dancing, Hazel has been a shining example of the immense voluntary contribution made by tenant Committee members of community based Housing Associations throughout Scotland. We are, therefore, extremely pleased that she intends to remain as an active member of the committee.”