Amanda among the Smile Award winners

Saturday is Scotland’s Happiness Day and the Smile Award winners have been chosen with Kirriemuir woman Amanda Kopel among them.

With over 100 nominations it was a difficult task for Kim Macleod and her Happiness Team.

“With so many lovely happy people out there making a difference in the world it has been a very rewarding process but tough to choose winners,” Kim told us when we caught up to find out what’s on the agenda for Happiness Day and our Smile Award Winners.

Among the regional winners are Aberdeen and Angus, Angela Cheyne; Angus and Dundee, Amanda Kopel.

Kim explained “With no nominations received for Perthshire and Dumfries and Galloway, two other nominees were chosen for awards as they stood out because of the impact they have in their communities, both are from Glasgow and Clyde Valley - Abed Ullah and Claire Bannerman.

“There were also five children’s nominations that touched our hearts and we have decided to award special Junior Smile Awards to them, proving that age is no barrier to the impact a smile and positive attitude can have. I want to thank Johnston Press and our other sponsors for helping to make the Smile Awards a great success”.

The Smile Award winners are invited to the Happiness Day conference in Glasgow as VIP guests. They will be presented with a fabulous handmade glass Smile Award to keep and have a great day together. Kim wanted to thank Scotrail who have generously donated train tickets for our winners to travel to the conference.

Kim explained that Happiness Day conference is no ordinary boring conference. She said: “It’s going to be a fabulous happy day out filled with inspirational speakers, music and laughter. We have some of Scotland’s best personal development speakers including David Hamilton, best selling Hay House author and Sandy Newbigging, award winning author, trainer and TV show host. Laughter and comedy with Joyworks and much loved Glasgow actor and comedian Libby McArthur. Musical celebrations with Edward Reid, star of Britain’s Got Talent, Scott Beaton and local talent KT and the Auld Busker add to the day to really make it a fun day out.” Tickets are on sale now at only £19.95 from

The conference opens at 9.30 a.m .on Saturday, November 2 in Community Central Halls, 302 Maryhill Road, Glasgow G20 7Y.