Amiee Easterlow, a 23-year-old adult Sergeant with 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron of the Air Training Corps has been nominated as a contender for the 2006 Millennium Volunteer (MV) of the Year Award.
Phil Brown former athlete and silver medallist in the 1984 Olympics and now Midlands Region co-ordinator for the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme presents Amiee Easterlow with Millennium Volunteer Certificates in recognition of her voluntary activities within the community.
Amiee has been nominated under the Arts Category of the national Award for her work with the cadets of the Squadrons Band. Amiee has been a committed member of the Squadron Band since its formation in the year 2000. Over the past year having joined the Millennium Volunteers Scheme she formally took up the post of uniformed Sergeant Band Master and as such has been personally responsible for leading the band to 1 st place in local and 2 nd place in the regional 2006 Air Cadet Band competitions only narrowly missing the chance to perform at national competition level. In addition she has organised musical displays for various ex service organisations and local community charitable events. Amiee has trained both cadets (aged 13~18) and members of staff with no previous musical experience or ability, to read music and to play a wide range different instruments. In doing so she has enabled many young people to discover and experience music as a rewarding and enjoyable art form.
Flt Lt Paul Hincks who nominated Amiee for the for the award said, “Amiee has showed a significant commitment to her voluntary work with the Band and the Squadron as a whole. As well as providing the opportunity for the Squadrons cadets to learn to read music and play their instruments Amiee's hard work and dedication to the band has enabled it to become a well known and recognisable feature at a wide range of local community events within the Nuneaton and North Warwickshire area. Many charities such as the local Hospice and the Mayor's appeal as well as ex-service organisations have benefited from her efforts”.
He added “As the only person to have been nominated for the Award by a Squadron within the Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing, we are all hoping she does well and manages to get through the Midlands regional selection. It would be fantastic if someone from the Wing could win such an impressive Award”.
Now in its sixth and final year, the Millennium Volunteer (MV) of the Year Award has grown in prestige and significance. Not only is it celebrating and recognising the young volunteers' achievements within their communities in 2006, but also reflecting on the impact made by hundreds of thousands of MVs nationwide since 1998. The Nuneaton based Air Cadets who have taken part in the MV scheme have themselves managed to clock up an impressive total of over 6500 hours of voluntary activity within their local community.
Amiee Eeasterlow said, “I really enjoy working with the Cadets especially the band, most of whom had never even thought of picking up an instrument let alone read music. I was surprised to find out that I had been put forward as a nominee for MV of the year, I know that I put lots of time and effort into the band but we've all had to work long and hard to get the results and lets face it without the commitment of everybody involved cadets and other volunteer staff their wouldn't be a band. I know that the Millennium Volunteer scheme is coming to an end in the New Year but I would encourage anyone with some spare time and on their hands to get out there and get involved with a voluntary project of some kind”.
Amiee Easterlow, front row centre with the cup, lines up with the band of 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron Air Training Corps following recent competition success.