Former Cardonald student honored by Lord Provost
13 April 2012
Former Cardonald student Julie McElroy was recently given special recognition at the Lord Provost's annual award ceremony for those who have made 'a commitment to Glasgow and its people'. The event took place at the Glasgow City Chambers on Thursday 5 April 2012.
Julie was awarded 'special inspiring individual contribution to Glasgow' in recognition of her expertise in assistive technology to make outdoor sports accessible to disadvantaged disabled young people in India. She also received the prestigious John Muir award after completing four adventure challenges and inspiring other disabled people to enjoy the great outdoors and was also nominated for 'Scotswoman of the year' earlier this year.
The 26-year-old from Jordanhill has mobility problems and is profoundly deaf in both ears, but despite this she has canoed across lochs, trekked in the Himalayas, cycled from Glasgow to Edinburgh, been out with a mountain rescue crew and much more to raise both awareness and funds for Bobath Scotland, a charity for children with cerebal palsy, to show other young disabled people that they can enjoy adventure pursuits despite their disabilities.
Julie was joined at the Lord Provists awards by former Rangers manager Walter Smith and actor Johnny Beattie, a doctor, a professor and a law chief, among other who have also been honoured for their contributions to Glasgow this year.