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Our First Honorary Patron – Mr MacKinnon

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SOL celebrated a very special event a couple of weeks ago. We recognised the hard work, determination and inspirational qualities of Mr Ian MacKinnon by making him an honorary patron of the organisation, the first in SOL’s history. Ian is a well known face, not only our organisation, but throughout Lanarkshire, after many years of fundraising and being the voice for people with support needs.

SOL originally worked for Ian’s late daughter Fiona and it was because of Fiona that he has dedicated the vast majority of his life to being a voice for people with support needs. A tireless fundraiser, Ian has also had numerous dealings with the council over the years, sometimes being viewed as an ally and sometimes being the voice of opposition, but always a man who has stood up for what he believed in. He also served for many years as a trustee of SOL, supporting and giving sound advice to organisational culture and development.

His primary concern was that his daughter and her friends enjoyed life to the full and along the way he has helped to shape his community and changed people’s lives.

Ian was joined, at his surprise celebration, by his friends and family (who travelled all the way from Australia) as well as the SOL Board and The Director of Housing and Social Work Services, North Lanarkshire Duncan McKay.

The night was planned by members of SOL’s staff including Ian’s support team who managed to keep Ian in the dark over the celebrations whilst playing a leading role in planning the night.

From everybody at SOL we would like to pass on our congratulations to Ian  and thank him for the many years of dedication and hard work that has shown the people of Lanarkshire.

Congratulations ‘Mr SOL’!

Photography: Ainsley Niven