A local swimming coach, a campaigner for tolerance and a Citizens Advice worker have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
They’re among a handful of hard-working Taysiders who received the accolades for their efforts to better their community and the world.
Frank Jordan, honorary president of Menzieshill Whitehall Swimming and Water Polo Club, received a British Empire Medal (BEM) for his services to the water sports. He founded one of the club’s predecessors, Menzieshill Swimming and Water Polo Club, in the 1970s. It merged with Whitehall Amateur Swimming Club in 2003.
Michael Haines, from Dundee, who established the campaign Global Acts of Unity to promote tolerance and unity among communities, received an OBE.
He founded the movement following the death of his brother, David, from Perth, who was killed by the Islamic State group in 2014 after being captured.
Rather than be angry with his brother’s killers and blame their religion or other motives for their actions, he formed GAU to break down barriers among people from different walks of life.
Hilary Wiggans, an in-court adviser for Tayside at Dundee’s Citizens Advice Bureau, has received an MBE.
Arbroath resident Catherine Ferrie, a former senior lecturer and head of school and director of curriculum at Dundee and Angus College, has also been presented with an MBE.
Her fellow Red Lichtie, Alexander Scott – honorary president of the Angus, Fife and Perthshire division of the Royal British Legion – received a BEM for his services to ex-service personnel.
Four Perth and Kinross residents have also been given awards from the Queen, who marks her official birthday today.
They include Dr William Jardine, former chief executive of Scottish Natural Heritage, who has been presented with an OBE for services to the environment, and Dundee University’s Professor Robert Steele, pictured left, who received a DBE for services to public health
Anne Pack, of the James Hutton Institute, was awarded a BEM for services to agricultural research, Scottish culture and charity, and Frederick Young, of Kinross, was given an MBE for services to education in Scotland.