Ramsgate councillor and mayor Raushan Ara has been shortlisted for The LGiU and CCLA 2019 Councillor Achievement Awards.
This year marks the tenth year that the awards have been showcasing the achievements of councillors across England and Wales. The awards are the only national ceremony to celebrate the work of councillors and highlight what they do for their communities.
Competition was extremely tight again this year with nearly 250 nominations received, a record amount for the awards. Some of the seven categories up for grabs include Leader of the Year, Young Councillor of the Year, Community Champion and Environment and Sustainability Pioneer.
Cllr Ara is one of six contenders in the community champion section.
The councillor who wins the award has to demonstrate-they have championed a cause (or several) on behalf of the community using council mechanisms or structures, leading to positive change for the local area;
Cllr Ara is involved in numerous community efforts, including the Thanet Winter Shelter, litterpicks and campaigning for improved conditions in Ramsgate.
She said: “I am very honoured to have made the shortlist for the Community Champion in the LGiU and CCLA Councillor awards. If I win, it will certainly help to put Thanet on the map. I would like to thank everyone who nominated me. I am up against some stiff competition, so wish me luck!”
The winners will be selected by a group of judges made up of local government experts and councillors. Winners will be announced at the Cllr Achievement Awards ceremony taking place on Tuesday, November 5 at the Royal Horseguards Hotel in Westminster.