City councilor nominated for award by Patcham Alistair McNair

Patcham Conservative Councilor Alistair McNair has applied for the Resilience and Recovery Award – which is for people who make a difference in community work on social issues.

Cllr McNair has worked in the community to support Ukrainians.

The 45-year-old said he was “surprised” by the nomination.

Alistair McNair was nominated for an awardAlistair McNair in front of the Lviv Opera House in March

He said: “For the awards you are nominated by local residents. I was nominated for my work with Ukrainians in Brighton and Hove.

“It is of course a great honor and very surprising.

“There are so many people who do more for the Ukrainians in the city than I do. People who host, people who run events, organize meetings with the council.

“I did what I could as a council member, attending events for Ukrainians and helping where I could. I’m aware that I’ve been nominated, but there are so many people who have done so much for the Ukrainians.

“One of the things that this nomination will allow me to do is to remind people that the war is still happening, to thank people for what they have done for the Ukrainian community.

Alistair McNair was nominated for an awardAlistair and his wife Tetiana celebrate Ukraine’s Independence Day in August

“We still need hosts, we still need help. The war is still going on.”

The award ceremony is hosted by the Local Government Information Unit (LGIU).

This year’s event will take place in Bath on October 20th.

Cllr McNair lived in Ukraine for eight years and met his wife Tetiana out there.

The Argus revealed how the couple traveled to Kremenchuk in central Ukraine in March to rescue his mother-in-law Tamara.

Cllr McNair said the trip was “special” and recounted hearing “eerie” air raid sirens while walking, witnessing machine-gunned roadblocks and sitting on trains with blackout curtains to avoid being targeted by Russian attacks .

Tamara stayed at her home in Brighton before returning to Ukraine in July.

On Friday, Russia will officially annex occupied parts Ukraine where it held Kremlin-orchestrated “referendums” in which it claimed residents voted overwhelmingly to live under Moscow rule.

The Ukrainian government and the West have denounced the elections as illegal, coerced and rigged.

Jonathan Carr-West, Chief Executive of LGIU, said: “In a year like no other, councilors across the country have once again worked tirelessly to attend to the needs of their residents and provide much-needed leadership to communities struggling every day bring in and out.

“The 2022 Cllr Awards shortlist reflects the commitment and resilience that councilors have shown through some of the most turbulent and worrying years in recent history.

“From helping communities through floods and fires to welcoming refugees from Ukraine into our local communities, these councilors are some of the most dedicated elected officials in all of England and Wales. We are incredibly proud to feature their stories in this year’s shortlist.

“Congratulations to all the shortlisted councillors. We look forward to presenting the winners of this 13th annual Cllr Awards in Bath on October 20.” City councilor nominated for award by Patcham Alistair McNair

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