Burntisland’s Carole-Anne is new community champ!

Burntisland Community Award winner Carole-Anne Paterson. Picture by FPA.
Burntisland Community Award winner Carole-Anne Paterson. Picture by FPA.

Carole-Anne Paterson works as a community pioneer at her local Co-operative store in Burntisland, leading in-store projects to help the town and its residents.

And now she will have another community title to add to her bow after being named Burntisland Community Award winner for 2016.

Carole-Anne (52), of the town’s Cotburn Crescent, was nominated for the endless amount of work she does in her home town with youth groups including the Guides and Burntisland Youth Theatre.

The award is made annually by Burntisland Community Council to a person who selflessly has provided outstanding service locally, and Carole-Anne was only told of her success during a visit by Alex MacDonald, community council chairman to her work on Hogmanay.

Mr MacDonald said: “Carole-Anne can regularly be found painting scenery, producing backdrops and posters and decorating shop windows wherever her artistic skills are needed. Last year she was particularly busy working on murals in both the old and new primary schools.

“Her talents are endless and she is well suited to her role as a community ambassador for the Co-operative where she has worked for several years. In that capacity she has led her colleagues in raising thousands of pounds for many different local charities.

“She is a truly energised, multi-talented and inspired individual who seeks the very best for her community and strives endlessly for that purpose.”

Carol-Anne said she had been “surprised and chuffed to bits” to be told about the honour.

“My colleagues were all thrilled for me when Mr MacDonald came into the shop to tell me I had won it, and for once I was lost for words,” she said.

“My daughters Rachael (22), a staff nurse at Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy, and Becky (20), a student nurse, knew about it in advance, but had to keep it a surprise from me,” she said.

Carole-Anne is a fomer Guide District Commissioner and still helps out regularly with the local group, where her daughters are leaders.

“I do what I can to help out, and I really enjoy still being able to play a part as the children are great,” she explained.

“I have done the scenery and things with the Youth Theatre for many years and just really got into it when the girls were younger by offering to help.

“I loved art when I was at school but was told back then that there were no jobs in that field, so I just forgot about it. It is something I really love doing and I’m always glad to help out when I can.”

Carole-Anne will be presented with her award some time over the next few weeks.