A Supported Learning tutor at Elmwood College has received a prestigious ‘Community Hero’ award recently, after having her name submitted by student, Angela Whyte and her mother, Winnie. Suzi Gasparini, was nominated for the award in recognition of her outstanding commitment to her students.
Suzi joined with over 300 Fifers at the Scottish Parliament, where she collected the award, organised by Fife Council’s Library & Museum Service. Fifteen heroes were then selected to represent Fife at a reception hosted by Tricia Marwick MSP. Both Suzi and Kenneth Scott from Hearing Dogs for the Deaf were chosen to represent the North East Fife area. Kenneth and his dog, Spike, campaign locally and nationally on behalf of the charity.
Suzi said, "I’m very flattered, I must be doing something right. I guess being a tutor you get to spend a lot of time with the students, both inside and outside the classroom. It’s really satisfying knowing that you’re helping shape a persons future, but I really don’t consider myself a hero, not for a second.”
The visit to the Parliament was also the launch of a booklet, ‘Celebrating Fifers, Community Heroes’ created as part of the project. Councillor Brian Goodall commented, “The booklet features just 30 people whose stories were posted on the Community Heroes boards in libraries. 10,000 free copies of the Community Heroes booklet will be distributed across Fife in November and the exhibition banners will also tour around libraries and shopping centres.”
Head of Unit, Tracey Ford-McNicol, said, “Suzi regularly spends lunch breaks and any free time she has to help students in any aspect. She always reassures and inspires confidence in the less confident students every day and fully deserves this award!”