Dunipace volunteer on right path

Community Path Volunteer of the Year Jean Weir
Community Path Volunteer of the Year Jean Weir

Helping people put one foot in front of the other as they make use of the oldest form of transport known to man is award-winning volunteer Jean Weir.

The retired high school 
teacher, from Dunipace, is a member of the Community Green Initiative (CGI), a local environmental group which has been instrumental in 
upgrading the footpath network in and around Denny.

The group is also involved in an on-going project to renovate Herbertshire Castle Park, known locally as the Gala Park, in Dunipace.

Led by Jean, the CGI has already improved 100m of paths for wheelchair and buggy 
access, installed seating and provided a viewing area in the park looking over the River Carron.

Last week’s Jean’s efforts were recognised when she was named community path 
volunteer of the year at an awards ceremony organised by the charity Paths for All.

She was presented with her award at the Scottish 
Parliament in Edinburgh by Shona Robison MSP, minister for sport.

Paths For All’s Kevin 
Fairclough said: “Jean is highly motivated to learn more about delivering path projects in the community. I have been really impressed with what she has achieved with the CGI.”

The awards celebrate the achievements of volunteers from across Scotland and their contribution in getting the country more active.

Ms Robison said: “Recognising and celebrating the contribution and difference made by 
volunteers is hugely important. 
They play an important role in delivering physical activity across the whole of Scotland.”