At the recent annual general meeting, Angus Housing Association (AHA) paid tribute to two long standing committee members with a combined voluntary service of over 40 years between them.
Before standing down as chairman after her five-year tenure allowed by the association’s rules, Hazel Farquhar thanked retiring committee member with 25 years’ service, Jim Scott, for his unparalleled contribution to the work of AHA.
With his pre-retirement professional background as a chartered accountant and managing partner of a major local accountancy firm, Mr Scott was a natural fit for treasurer of the association, a position he has held for the last 17 years.
On presenting him with a small gift as a token of the association’s appreciation, Ms Farquhar said: “Jim’s contribution to our work over the last 25 years has been outstanding.
“As treasurer, he has worked in partnership with our staff to take us from an organisation almost entirely reliant on our cash-flow to a situation where we have built up a reasonable level of reserves.
We also have clear forward financial projections for investment in continuing to improve our housing stock while having already achieved the 2015 Scottish Housing Quality Standard in nearly all our houses.
“When big financial decisions have needed to be taken, his fellow committee members always looked first to Jim for advice and guidance and his expertise will be sorely missed.”
After making the presentation to Mr Scott in what she thought was her last act as chairman, Ms Farquhar was then surprised to have the tables turned on her when vice-chairman, Councillor Sheena Welsh, presented her with a small gift to thank her for her stewardship of AHA over the last five years.
Commenting on this, Councillor Welsh said: “Hazel joined our Committee 16 years ago as one of our tenants with an interest in what we were doing in her home village of Auchmithie.
“She quickly widened her horizons with her desire to contribute to all aspects of our work.
“She went on to chair our design and development sub-committee for a number of years before becoming vice-chairman and then in 2007, our first tenant chairman.
“Whether it has been in her style of chairing meetings, her working relationships with staff or her visits to our sheltered housing lounges to demonstrate line dancing, Hazel has been a shining example of the immense voluntary contribution made by tenant committee members of community based housing associations throughout Scotland.
We are, therefore, extremely pleased that she intends to remain as an active member of our committee in the years ahead.”