Scottish War Blinded AGM 2014

Posted: 31/10/2014 | Scottish War Blinded

Scottish War Blinded welcomed attendees to its AGM held on Wednesday 29 October 2014.

This was the final AGM for Chairman Douglas Osler who has stepped down after 11 years of dedicated service to Scottish War Blinded and its sister charity Royal Blind. Mr Osler was thanked by his successor Gwenn McCreath, Chief executive of Health and Mind, who detailed the achievements of Scottish War Blinded during his time as Chairman.

Mrs McCreath also described many important developments in 2014 including the successful inaugural member conference held in May, the appointment of a further Outreach Worker in the Highlands as well as the charity’s World War One commemorative exhibition at Central Library. Future plans to build a new Linburn Centre in the West of Scotland, expand Scottish War Blinded’s Outreach service and 2015 centenary activities were also announced.

Air Commodore Gerry Mayhew provided insight into a highly significant year for the Armed Forces. In his speech he discussed British Forces leaving Afghanistan, the restructuring of the RAF in Scotland and the importance of veterans agencies supporting the greater community of ex-servicemen and women.  

Scottish War Blinded member Ian Graham was invited to describe what membership meant to him and how it has helped him expand his horizons. Ian delivered a highly emotive speech describing how Scottish War Blinded has provided him with a new lease of life through rehabilitation, activities and social opportunities.

Ian commented:

“I was honoured to deliver a speech on behalf of my fellow Scottish War Blinded members. It was a good feeling letting others know my inner feelings about membership which I hope struck a chord with everyone and provided insight into how this great organisation supports visually impaired veterans.”

Scottish War Blinded Committee member Derek McDonald said:

“The best AGM yet, with good interesting speeches and one especially, from Ian Graham telling of his life since joining Scottish War Blinded.”