ISA Wilson, a Musselburgh pensioner who has been a tireless helper to many and an inspiration to all in her home town and beyond, has been presented with an award for her achievements.
In a ceremony Isa was rewarded by her own community, which expressed its gratitude by naming her its Citizen of the Year.
Presented by Musselburgh and Inveresk Community Council at the Brunton on Tuesday, the award recognises the unsung heroes whose voluntary work helps to enhance the lives of others in the town.
A stalwart of the Honest Toun’s Association, Isa, 75, was accompanied at the ceremony by husband Maurice, daughter Jacqueline and son Neil, who is currently president of the HTA, having followed in his mother’s footsteps as a dedicated supporter of the town’s annual festival.
Welcoming the family and other guests to the ceremony, community council chairman Irene Tait praised the work of all those who gave freely of their time, as members of local organisations or simply as “good neighbours”.
Isa was introduced to the gathering by community councillor Betty Ramsden, who spoke of her “lifetime in voluntary work”, having been born and brought up in Musselburgh.
Mrs Ramsden went on: “For over 30 years she was a district nurse and midwife. During that time she was a Brownie Guider and is now a member of the Trefoil Guild which supports guiding locally.
“Isa has spent 23 years on the ladies committee of the Honest Toun’s Association and has done lots of work fundraising for the festival.”
Mrs Ramsden said Isa liked a joke and always had a story to tell.
“Many years ago Dr Docherty told her she should write a book and her reply was ‘if I did write a book, I’d have to leave the country’.”
Currently European President of Catholic International Nurses, having served for many years on the executive board, Isa is also president of the Union of Catholic Mothers and serves on the national committee of World Day of Prayer, an ecumenical organisation representing churches of all denominations.
In her “spare” time she is a volunteer for the Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland, visiting retired Queen’s nurses in an around the Lothians, aged 80 and over. She also provides supervision at a holiday home for retired nurses.
Mrs Ramsden added: “I don’t think Isa has enough days in the week for all the work she does. She is an inspiration to us all.”
The award was presented by Stewart MacKinnon, deputy headteacher at Musselburgh Grammar, who said Isa was a shining example to pupils, with citizenship being an important part of the curriculum.