Dundee Citizen of the Year 2021


2nd April 2021

Lord Provost Ian Borthwick is confirming that the City Council has not sought nominations for Citizen of the Year 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

However, because lockdown prevented the appointment of the person chosen as Citizen of the year for 2020, it is being announced that they will serve their term in 2021.

Samantha Bruce of Food for Thought in Charleston and Lochee Community Larders will take up the post.

Each year Dundee City Council chooses a volunteer from the community to highlight their work and selfless efforts by naming them Citizen of the Year.
This award is a way for the city to pay tribute to citizens who have made an outstanding contribution to Dundee.

The Lord Provost explained, “Every year I am taken aback by the range of community-spirited people who are put forward and the enthusiasm that their supporters show in nominating them.

“In choosing Dundee’s Citizen of the Year the judges look in particular for selfless service to a voluntary body or the community or someone whose activities bring distinction and quality to everyday life in Dundee.

“This year, due to the pandemic, it has not been possible to announce Samantha as our Citizen of the Year, let alone run the appeal to find her successor.

“So, we took the decision to postpone the usual annual call for nominations.

“I hope that people will understand that, and that we will able to appoint Samantha to serve as Citizen of the Year during 2021.”

Dundee City Council

Dundee draws skilled workers from a 60-minute catchment population of 640,000 and has a local population of over 140,000. The availability of a large pool of highly skilled labour is a key feature in the Dundee economy. Flexibility in the labour force is currently more prevalent in Dundee than in Scotland as a whole. All forms of labour market flexibility - part-time, temporary employment, self-employment and shift work - are widely operational within the city. Labour force stability in the city is excellent, enabling companies to plan with confidence. Labour turnover levels are less than 5% and absenteeism averages 2%.

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