I have been the Company Development Manager for the Muir of Ord Hall and Facilities Company (MOHFC) for the past two and a half years. Now that my contract has come to an end, I want to say how much I have enjoyed working with the community of Muir of Ord. I have really appreciated the welcome, friendliness and co-operation from so many people that has enabled me to do more in my role.
I was MOHFC’s first employee in September 2015, funded by the Scottish Government’s Strengthening Communities Programme. It has been very rewarding to have been involved in an organisation that has since opened up the Muir Hub and grown its staff team and number of volunteers. This has improved the range and quality of facilities and services being delivered to the community. These developments have been noticed by other communities and MOHFC have been able to share their experience with them.
When I knew my contract was coming to an end, I decided not to look for new employment in the area, much as I love the landscape and lifestyle here. My mother has Alzheimer’s and this felt like the right time to move back to the Glasgow area for a while to spend more time with her and my family. I will be a regular visitor and will be in touch with friends and colleagues to follow what is happening in Muir of Ord. I plan to come back to the north and I will be looking out for future opportunities to do so.
I am going to write another article for the next edition of Muir Matters so this is more of a goodbye and thanks from me for now. The time passed so quickly in the lead-up to my handover and I hoped to see more people than I did. There are some people I would like to give particular mention to:
Christine and Ian Hammond – neighbours, Irene MacLeod – Muir of Ord Gardening Club, Carol Rose and Hilary Ross, for their unstinting energy and ideas for keeping the Hall to a high standard and helping to plan for its future.
Di Agnew, Ward Manager for Dingwall and Seaforth, and Councillor Angela MacLean, Highland Council, for their ongoing support for our community’s ambitions.
Joan Munro and other lovely people at Jog Scotland for motivating me to keep running and their company on off-road runs on Wednesday afternoon runs throughout the year.
Hannah MacSween for being a great colleague and the board for giving me the opportunity to live and work here and leave with a lasting connection to the place.