COUNCILLORS Nan Cullinane and Sheena Lonchay have again been selected as the Scottish Liberal Democrat candidates for East and West Garioch respectively at the Aberdeenshire Council elections which take place on Thursday, May 3.
Nan, married with two grown up daughters, and soon a grandmother, has been the local councillor since retiring as the Kintore post mistress in 2007. East Garioch covers the communities of Kintore, Blackburn, Fintray and Newmachar.
Since moving to Aberdeenshire in 1983, Nan has worked with under 12’s in the Garioch Community Centre, served on various local community groups, worked full-time at Inverurie Academy, as well as serving as a Special Constable with Grampian Police.
Nan says: “Being in the Aberdeenshire Council administration, my main role as a member of the Scrutiny and Audit Committee has given me a valuable insight into the council’s operations.
“I attend the Children’s Panel Advisory Committee, the Northern Community Justice Authority, and I was also vice convenor of the Grampian Joint Police Board for three years.”
Nan represents the East Garioch ward by attending Area Committee in Gordon House, attends community councils, school parent councils and community development groups.
She added: “I have thoroughly enjoyed representing my local community these last five years, working on issues on behalf of residents with successes that include a road safety barrier, roundabout improvements, and the pelican crossing and recycling centre sited at Kintore Primary School.
“A new rail station at Kintore remains one of my priorities - I will continue to campaign for this and improved pedestrian, cycling, road and bus transport links.”
Sheena Lonchay has been selected to contest the West Garioch seat for a fourth term of office. First elected in 1999 to represent Insch and District, Sheena has served on the Social Work and Housing, and the Education Learning and Leisure Committees as well as having chaired the Garioch Area Committee. From 2008 until 2011, Sheena was appointed Chairman of Gordon Rural Action, a local charity which delivers advice, debt counselling and information to the Central Aberdeenshire communities and runs two charity shops. She is also Chairman of Bennachie Centre Trust which oversees the Visitor Centre at the foot of Bennachie.
During previous terms, Sheena was instrumental in setting up the Insch After School Club which is now an essential facility for working parents. Sheena said: “I am delighted to have been selected to represent Ward 10 for a further term. Although much has been achieved for our residents, there is still much to do, and experience is important in speaking up for our communities and maintaining the excellent quality of life we have in this area.”