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Goodbye to Ian Stevens Tobermory Lifeboat Operations Manager

Lifeboats News Release

On the evening of Saturday 24 June, Tobermory RNLI’s crew, fundraisers, shop volunteers and their families surprised former Lifeboat Operations Manager (LOM) Ian Stevens with a presentation of an award from the RNLI.

Citation for excellence in volunteering

RNLI/Sam Jones

Citation for excellence in volunteering

Under the pretence of a midsummer party Ian was presented with a thoroughly deserved Excellence in Volunteering award on behalf of the RNLI.

In his time as Tobermory Lifeboat Operations Manager the lifeboat has launched just under 200 times. rescuing 260 people. His genuine passion and commitment to all aspects of the lifeboat and station can be in no doubt and he has been pivotal in the success of the station as well as building a close knit and highly effective team..

Ian was presented with an Excellence in Volunteering Award from the RNLI. The citation from Leesa Harwood, RNLI Director of Community Lifesaving, referred to Ian’s enthusiasm, attitude and forward thinking as fully embodying the RNLI’s values.

Ian stood down as Lifeboat Operations Manager in late April but is retaining his close involvement with the station as its new Vice Chairman. Dr Sam Jones, former Navigator and Deputy Launching Authority has succeeded Ian as Lifeboat Operations Manager, one of only a handful of women in the RNLI to hold the post.

Dr Sam Jones, newly appointed Tobermory RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said: ‘Ian epitomises the volunteer ethos of the RNLI. He has taken the station from strength to strength, building a station family which includes crew, fundraisers and shop volunteers. His dedication and commitment over the years has been rightly recognised with this award from the RNLI. It’s a huge honour as well as a little bit daunting to be following in Ian’s footsteps but I am so pleased that as Vice Chairman he will still be at hand with his support and wise counsel.’

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Presentation to Ian Stevens

RNLI/Michael (Mick) Stirling

Presentation to Ian Stevens

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