1994-2014 The celebration of a journey

10th April 2014 Date of publication

OCN North East Region recently celebrated 20 years of championing Adult Education in the North East, Cumbria and Scotland at a successful event held at The Sage, Gateshead on the 21st March.

We were honoured to have Professor Graham Henderson CBE DL, Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive of Teesside University, open the event with a wonderful address expressing his commitment to and support for all the work we do in helping to widen adult participation in education in our region.  

Graham Henderson CBE DL, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Execitive, Teesside University   Louise Morritt, Chief Executive     Ray Snowdon, Chair, Board of Trustees

The event put the learners and educators at the heart of proceedings with 20 individuals and groups receiving awards for outstanding achievements.

Life-changing Learning Award Winners: Sharon Stokoe, Catherine Reid and Claire McDonald

Sharon Stokoe, Life-changing Learning Award Catherine Reid, Life-changing Learning Award










Claire McDonald, Life-changing Learning Award

Life-changing Learning Award - Commendation: Lynn Watson accepted by Anne Barber and Laurean Heslop

Laurean Heslop, Life-changing Learning CommendationAnne Barber on behalf of Lynne Watson, Life-changing Learning Commendation

Making Headway Award Winner:                   Young Learner Award Winner:
David McGow                                                      Laith Hasan

David McGow, Making Headway Award                            Laith Hassan, Young Learner Award Winner

Lifetime Learner Award Winner:
Carl Thom

Carl Thom, Lifetime Learner Award

Commitment to Learning Award Winners: Alex Watson and Incontrol-able CIC

Incontrol-able, Commitment to Learning AwardAlex Watson, Commitment to Learning Award

Innovation Award Winner:                          Innovation Award Commendation:
NECA Training                                               Civil Ceremonies  

                 Civil Ceremonies Ltd, Innovation Commendation


Learners Choice Award Winners: Ged Close and Sonia Ritchie-Park

Ged Close, Learner's Choice Award                          Sonia Ritchie-Park, Learner's Choice Award

Outstanding Contribution Learning-Centre Award Winners:
Middlesbrough Environment City, Civil Ceremonies and SkillShare North East

Middlesbrough Environment City, Outstanding Contribution to Learning Centre Award                   Civil Ceremonies Ltd, Outstanding Contribution to Learning Centre Award

SkillShare North East Ltd, Outstanding Contribution to Learning Centre

Outstanding Contribution to Learning-Tutor Award Winners:
Gail and Stuart Laing and Chris Rollings accepted by David Palmer

Gail & Stuart Laing, Outstanding Contribution to Learning Tutor Award                  David Palmer on behalf of Chris Rollings, Outstanding Contribution to Learning Tutor Award

Certificate of Recognition: Melinda Pettit

Melinda Pettit, Certificate of Recognition

We would like to congratulate our Award Winners again and thank everyone who attended or contributed to the celebration. For more information on the 20 years, please click here to read the 20th Anniversary booklet: The Celebration of a Journey 1994-2014.

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