British Empire Medal for Donnie MacMillan
By Julie Millar
Councillor Donnie MacMillan, councillor for Mid Argyll, has been awarded the British Empire Medal for services to local government. Donnie (91), pictured right, has served Argyll and Bute as a local councillor for nearly 35 years.
Following the announcement, in this year’s New Year’s Honours List, Donnie said: “I am delighted and honoured to receive this award. The fact that people went to the effort of nominating me is heart-warming, and I really appreciate it. To then receive the British Empire Medal leaves me, for once, almost speechless.
“I have had the privilege of serving my community as a local councillor for nearly 35 years. I would like to thank everyone who has helped me do that – the wonderful staff of Argyll and Bute Council, fellow councillors, colleagues in other organisations, and of course my constituents. Most of all I would like to thank my family for all their love and support.
“I am proud to be from and to serve Argyll and Bute; and I am grateful for the very kind thoughts behind this award. Happy New Year to all.”
Provost Len Scoullar congratulated Donnie on his achievement: “This award is very well-deserved. Donnie brings local communities and local government together through his commitment to his constituents. He is out and about every day speaking to local people, listening to what matters to them, keen to help with any issues.
“Donnie has served as a councillor through challenging times for local government. Over the years he has helped Argyll and Bute Council adapt to meet its challenges, always with a focus on the interests of his communities.
“I am delighted that Donnie’s service, to local people and to local government, has been recognised.”