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Partick Thistle honour for Maryhill Vice Chair Lorain

Glasgow football club recognises housing association vice chair

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Partick Thistle have honoured the Vice Chair of Maryhill Housing.

Lorain Mackinnon was named as the Club’s latest ‘Community Champion’ in a ceremony on the pitch at its ground, Firhill.

Lorain was chosen by the club to receive the honour thanks to her long-standing service to the community, particularly in housing.

Lorain has just completed five years as Chair of Maryhill Housing and has now taken up the role of Vice Chair.

It is the third time Lorain, who lives locally, has held the role of Chair, and she has served on the Board of Maryhill Housing for over 20 years.

The Community Champion initiative seeks to reward local people and organisations for the good work that they do. It is run with support from the restaurant McDonald’s Maryhill.

Over 3,700 fans were gathered for the match with visitors Dundee FC and cheered Lorain as she was presented with her impressive glass award by Partick Thistle’s Managing Director, Ian Maxwell.

Ian Maxwell said:

“Lorain is a well-known community campaigner in Maryhill and Ruchill and a champion of local housing. Incredibly, Lorain has just completed her third five-year term of office as Chair at one of the city’s best known housing providers, Maryhill Housing.

“The housing association does much more than simply collecting the rent. Under Lorain’s chairmanship, the organisation has delivered real benefits for local people, including new housing across the community, helping local people to claim benefits to which they are entitled, support for senior citizens in the area, community events for families and an overriding desire to help people wherever they live in Ruchill  and Maryhill.

“Having helped so many people in Maryhill and Ruchill, over the last 20 years, it is no surprise to see why Lorain was nominated to be our Community Champion.”

Lorain said:

“I am greatly honoured to become a Community Champion. I also see it very much as an endorsement of the work being done by Maryhill Housing, our board and the hard-working and dedicated staff as we all work together to improve our communities and give people good housing.”

Pictured: Lorain receives her award from Partick Thistle Managing Director Ian Maxwell.

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