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Award for founding member of Rutherglen and Cambuslang Housing Association

MBE for founding member of Rutherglen and Cambuslang Housing Association.

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Nora Dillon, a founding member of Rutherglen and Cambuslang Housing Association, was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year honours list. The retired teacher was a founding member of the association back in 1979. She has served the organisation since in a variety of roles, including Chair, and is still a member of the committee.

Despite the personal accolade, Nora said much of the credit had to go to the other volunteers she has worked with over the years. She said:

“There are lots of other people on the committee who have been there for many years, and you can multiply that for the whole of Scotland.

“It’s also an acknowledgement of what the association has done, and I am very proud of that, I’m very grateful but this is recognition of the work everyone does.

“We started with the tenements in Rutherglen and then expanded into Cambuslang. We are not the biggest association but, over the years, we have spent nearly £60 million and, hopefully, a lot of people are in much better housing than they were back then.”

Robert McLeary, current Chair of Rutherglen and Cambuslang Association, said.

“I would like to congratulate Nora on receiving this award, Nora has been a colleague over many years, and it is good to know that her contribution to the work of the association has been recognised in this way. It also provides an acknowledgement of the work of her fellow committee members in making the housing association the successful organisation it is today.”

Looking forward, Nora is confident the association can still play a key role in the Rutherglen and Cambuslang communities.

Photograph courtesy of the Rutherglen Reformer.