Date: 28 Aug 2017 09:00 AM
Location: Glasgow City Chambers
WELL DONE LORAIN!
Maryhill Housing Vice Chair Lorain Mackinnon has been honoured in this year’s Mary Barbour Award. Lorain was named Runner-Up in the prestigious Award named after a heroine of social justice in Glasgow.
The accolade is widely seen as a well-deserved triumph for Lorain who has dedicated over 20 years of her life to serving the communities of Ruchill and Maryhill.
Lorain has held various roles within Maryhill Housing – all on a voluntary unpaid basis – and until a year ago was Chair of the organisation.
Lorain has received huge congratulations but immediately hailed the win a “team effort and a great pat on the back for Maryhill Housing.”
The Mary Barbour Award was set up to honour exceptional women who have followed in the footsteps of the much-admired Glaswegian trail-blazer best known for her fierce political activism in Govan. Mary Barbour became a pivotal figure of the Glasgow Rent Strikes of 1915.
While men faced war on the battlefield, Mary fought her own domestic war, courageously leading an army of 20,000 protestors to victory over slum landlords at Glasgow Sheriff Court.
Commenting on Lorain’s success, Maryhill Housing Chief Executive Bryony Willett said: “This is a remarkable achievement and we send our warmest congratulations to Lorain. We have always known of Lorain’s commitment to our communities and to helping others. She is a worthy recipient of an honour which recognises the unique campaigning role of women working in the voluntary sector across Glasgow.