Citizens of the Year ARE an inspiration

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Once again two of Carnoustie’s most deserving residents have been recognised for their work in the community and commitment to overcome adversity.

On Friday night Carnoustie Community Council presented their awards for citizenship at the Royal British Legion Scotland with Petra McMillan being named Citizen of the Year and Stefan Stevenson chosen as Junior Citizen of the Year.

Petra was chosen for her fantastic work raising funds and awareness for Marie 
Curie Cancer Care.

Her work for the charity began following the passing of her mother who received end of life care from Marie Curie, and in the past four years she has raised over £100,000 through a number of events, including an 
annual abseil.

Petra has since been made a patron of the charity and has founded a fund-raising group in Broughty Ferry and hopes to do the same 
in Carnoustie.

Stefan Stevenson lost both eyes to Retina Blastoma as a child and was recently diagnosed with bone cancer but despite this has continued to lead as full a 
life as possible.

In 2010 he raised over £800 for Guide Dogs for the Blind by climbing Cat Bells in the Lake District, carried the Queen’s Baton through Carnoustie for the Commonwealth Games and recently earned his President’s Badge for dedication to the 
Boys’ Brigade.

Carnoustie Community Council chair Jim Simpson said: “Petra has raised an incredible amount of money for Marie Curie Cancer Care over the past four years and is an inspiration to many other Carnoustie residents. We are grateful to Paul Grant, director of Mackays, for his continued support in recognising the achievements of our Citizens of the Year.

“The Community Council believes that Stefan embodies the spirit of the Derek Orrock Award for Junior Citizenship and in Stefan we see reflected the same determination to overcome illness as Derek showed.”