Queens Cross vice-chair wins coveted award
Queens Cross Housing Association’s vice-chair, Sadie Gordon, has won the top honour at the 2nd annual Mary Barbour awards in Glasgow.
The prestigious event held at the Glasgow City Chambers, which recognises female campaigners in the city, was awarded to Sadie – who has been helping with community campaigns and projects in the North West over the past 40 years.
Sadie has been a Queens Cross tenant for 44 years and has been involved in several project which has boosted the local area and Greater Glasgow as a whole.
Since the late 1970s she has helped fundraise for the ‘Summer Camp Project’ – which every year takes 32 children from Possilpark to Bonaly Scout Camp for a holiday. Sadie also set up the city’s first breakfast club for local primary school children in 1996, which has since been rolled out in many other parts of Glasgow.
And more than 20 years on from that success, Sadie remains passionate about helping others.
“I was brought up to be hardworking and caring. I’ve always loved my area, my friends and my neighbours. Their problem is my problem. I’ve always said if you have a voice, then use it and talk for my neighbours who maybe don’t have any confidence to speak up.”
Fellow professionals within the housing association have extended their congratulations to Sadie. Jim Strang, Parkhead Housing Association CEO, said: “We are delighted to have another worthy winner of the Mary Barbour Award in Sadie, her tireless work should not go unnoticed and it’s clear that Sadie is a massive asset to her community.”
Who is Mary Barbour?
Mary Barbour was a Scottish political activist, community leader and social policy pioneer who played an outstanding role in the Red Clydeside movement in the early 20th century.
She led an army of 20,000 protestors to victory over slum landlords at Glasgow’s Sheriff Court. By 1916 she had inspired the Women’s Peace Crusade establishing herself as an influential voice of the anti-war movement.
Her contribution to her local community was recognised in 1920 when she was elected to Glasgow Town council as one of the first female councillors.