Merchant Company (JAMES OLIVER AWARD) Presentation 2017
AT its winter function on Friday night, Selkirk Merchant Company presented the James Oliver Memorial Award to Caroline Penman. Donated by Mrs Isobel Oliver in memory of her late husband, the award is presented annually to the person chosen by the Merchant Company for their contribution to the town of Selkirk and its surrounding areas. Since its inception in 2002, a total of 15 people have been recognised by the Company as having served the community in a wide range of activities and, although the award is presented by the Merchant Company, it is acknowledged in Selkirk that the recipient is being recognised for their services to the entire town and community.
Caroline said: "A community is only as good as those who become involved in it, and there are so many passionate individuals who put their heart and soul into making this wee toon great that I am blown away by their generosity and support.”
Presenting the award on Friday night Merchant Company Master David Heard listed the many achievements and projects which Caroline has been involved with. Educated at Knowepark Primary and Selkirk High School she was a member of the Brownies, the Guides and the Venture Scouts as well as being an active member of Selkirk swimming club. After leaving school she played rugby and was a member of Selkirk Ladies team in 1999 when they won the Selkirk Sevens. That same year she ran the Edinburgh marathon in aid of Scottish Hart. She qualified as an accountant and worked for various accountancy firms in Edinburgh and the Borders. Her involvement in local groups and organisations, as volunteer, committee member, chair and coordinator is many and varied; she has been treasurer of Selkirk Rhinos and Selkirk Art Club and has done the accounts for the Argus Playgroup and the Hammermen on a voluntary basis for a number of years. She has volunteered at The Haining where she helped organise the Teddy Bears Picnic and the Easter Egg Hunt and she is a member of the Common Riding children’s picnic committee helping to organise the races and the kid’s teas.