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Inspiring Aberdeenshire

Inspiring Aberdeenshire is one of the council’s biggest annual events. The awards celebrate the achievements and successes of our people across Aberdeenshire who go the extra mile for their communities, often with little or no other official recognition.

The 2021 event was streamed online in August. More on the 2022 awards coming soon. Please view a digital programme for the event, or alternatively download the programme as an accessible PDF (6.7MB).

You can watch a recording of our 2020 ceremony on Facebook or YouTube.

Provost of Aberdeenshire Councillor Bill Howatson holding an award

2021 winners

We have eight categories as in previous years, and this year have added a COVID-19 award to recognise the tremendous effort of our community in the fight against the pandemic.

Read all about our 2021 winners.

singer performing at ceremony


In previous years we have had performances during the night from local dancers, singers, school choirs, even a skipping group. We are always keen to get local performers involved throughout the night. If you are involved with a group who would like to be on stage with us at the next event, please email us with a short description of who you are and what you do. Video links will also help the organisers better understand your performance.



The event benefits from sponsorship by a range of local companies who are keen to be involved from year to year. View our sponsorship pack (pdf 2MB).

Please email for more information.

Event information

Watch Provost of Aberdeenshire Councillor Bill Howatson explain why Inspiring Aberdeenshire is such a special event for him and everyone involved. If you have any questions or want to know more, or if you want to perform or sponsor the event, email

2021 award sponsors

Find out more about our official sponsors for the 2021 awards.

BP logoBP

Headline sponsor of the Inspiring Aberdeenshire Lifetime Achievement Award




Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action logoAberdeenshire Voluntary Action (AVA) 
Sponsor of the Inspirational Volunteer Award



TPS Fruit and Veg logoTPS Fruit and Veg 
Sponsor of the Heart of Aberdeenshire Caring Award



Scot-Tel Gould logoScot-Tel Gould
Sponsor of the COVID-19 Response Award




Instock logoInstock 
Sponsor of the Beautiful Aberdeenshire Environmental Award