Rochdale shows appreciation to outstanding staff at awards ceremony

7 accolades were bestowed upon individuals and teams following the nomination of 95 staff for their exceptional dedication, commitment, and hard work.

In a prestigious ceremony, Habiba Khatoon was awarded the pioneering for change accolade, sponsored by A&T Surfacing. Khatoon’s enthusiasm and positive approach in coordinating work experience placements at the council, resulting in many turning into full-time contracts and providing opportunities for long-term unemployed residents, earned her the recognition.

Cheryl Chilekwa, an early help worker, was honoured with the proud to make a difference award, sponsored by CBRE. Despite being unable to attend the event, Chilekwa’s efforts in finding support for struggling families and being a lifeline for those facing challenging circumstances were commended.

Kelly Crossley, the adult care team leader, received the passionate about change award, sponsored by JB Civils. Recognised for her exemplary leadership and dedication to learning, Crossley has organised numerous events to support residents and establish strong community connections.

Josh Ennis, an administration and finance officer, was named the young employee of the year, sponsored by Rochdale Training. Ennis, who started as an apprentice during the pandemic, quickly became a valuable team member.

The environmental management frontline staff were collectively awarded the team of the year title, sponsored by Your Trust. Their efforts in maintaining the borough’s parks and gardens to a high standard, resulting in several parks receiving RHS Gold Medal awards and retaining Green Flag status, were acknowledged.

Ian Newton, the recipient of the employee of the year award, sponsored by Cooney Civil Engineering, was praised for streamlining the free school meal application process and implementing new systems to support residents more efficiently.

Jane Myers, who has dedicated three decades to adult care, was presented with the outstanding contribution award, sponsored by Arcadis. Myers’ leadership and commitment to driving improvements and implementing positive changes were highlighted.

The ACE Awards 2024 took place in the restored Great Hall at Rochdale Town Hall, with Mayor Councillor Mike Holly expressing appreciation for the exceptional work of employees and Chief Executive Steve Rumbelow commending the achievements of individuals and teams.

The awards ceremony featured a musical performance by Rochdale singer Rebecca Fitzgibbon and entertainment from magician Barrington Powell, with the evening concluding with Council Leader Neil Emmott expressing pride in the finalists.

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