Council celebrates Pride Awards 2014

Date: 15/09/14

Our annual Pride Awards ceremony took place on Friday 12 September to celebrate the hard work and dedication of staff delivering excellent service to the residents of our district.

The event which was held at the Cedar Court Hotel saw Pupil Escort Tracy Back from the Home to School Transport department win the Peoples' Choice Award, which was voted for by members of the public.

Other finalists in the People's Choice Award category were Social Worker Claire Coupland and Lifeguard and Swimming Teacher Laura McNally who works at Pontefract Pool. 

Joanne Roney OBE, Wakefield Council's Chief Executive, said: "Huge congratulations go out to all the finalists in the People's Choice category and to all the winners on the night for their hard work and dedication.

"I appreciate the lovely messages of support from members of the public for all the finalists of the People Choice Award. It is wonderful to see many staff members being recognised for delivering excellent services during these tough times staff should feel very proud of their achievements."

The Pride Awards event – which is solely funded by sponsorship from the Council's business partners and other organisations – recognises employees for their hard work and dedication in delivering services to the districts residents.

There were six category winners who were presented with awards and certificates at the evening held at Cedar Court. The winners were:

Behind the Scenes – Christine Frost, PA to Service Director, Schools and Lifelong Learning
The Extra Mile Award - Sarah Wildey, Senior Legal Advisor
Change for the Better - South East Integrated Team
Team of the Year - Hospital Social Work Team
The People's Choice Award – Tracy Back, Pupil Escort
Employee of the Year - Gill Stanley, Accountancy Services

Details and photographs of all the Pride Award winners as well as a short video of the nominees for the People's Choice and Employee of the Year are available at  ​