Employees of Dorset County Council have been recognised for their hard work and achievements at the annual staff Pride Awards.

The event gave councillors, the Chief Executive and staff from across the council the chance to thank people personally for their commitment, skill and enthusiasm.

CE Debbie Ward said: “It is wonderful to see staff from across the county celebrating each other’s success. These individuals and teams have gone the extra mile to provide excellent services and I would like to congratulate them on their achievements.“

Residents and DCC staff were asked to nominate individuals and teams that they felt deserved special recognition for the excellent services they provide. Nominations were short-listed by a panel of judges including the Leader of the Council Spencer Flower, the CE, members of staff and representatives of the public through the Citizens’ Panel.

Short-listed nominees came from across the diverse range of the county council’s staff, including highways, children’s services, outdoor education, arts development, and a day centre for people with dementia.

Spencer Flower said: “I am extremely proud to see these individuals and teams rewarded for their dedication and hard work. We have a strong, dedicated workforce and everyone plays their part in making a difference for people in Dorset.”

The winners of the Pride Awards were:

  • Young Employee of the Year – Stephanie Leitch, accounting technician
  • Employee of the Year – Claire Shiels, manager, Children’s Services
  • Team of the Year joint winners – Acorns Day Centre Team, Adult and Community Services and Consultation and Research Team, Chief Executive’s Department
  • Outstanding Customer Service – Dorset Direct
  • Manager of the Year – Mike Hoskin, arts development manager
  • Leader’s award for health, wellbeing and safeguarding -Children’s Services Legal Team
  • Chief Executive’s Award for innovation, inspiration and inclusion – Arts Development Team

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