A MORAY Council manager is one of only three people in Scotland to receive royal recognition for her decades of dedication in supporting local young people to achieve Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards (DofE).

Karen Delaney, a strategic partnership and policy officer, has supported DofE for 37 years, both in her role within the council but also as a volunteer.

Karen developed and supported the Moray Local Awards Committee, now the Moray DofE Committee. She was integral in developing the volunteer support programme across Moray, has worked with young people to celebrate the diamond anniversary of the DofE with the Stones Project, and is working on the DofE Legacy project.

Her support of the DofE means young people have opportunities to take on challenges, discover skills and passions and develop confidence, resilience and self-belief.

Karen is one of a small group of volunteers to receive a personal letter of commendation from the Earl of Wessex, a DofE trustee, and a commemorative coin marking the life and legacy of the Duke of Edinburgh, the DofE’s patron. The coins were donated by the Royal Mint.

Some 50 coin recipients, including Karen, were selected to reflect various different roles, successes and activities on behalf of more than 45,000 people delivering DofE across the UK.

Many have given decades to supporting young people, while others have gone above and beyond to make sure young people can continue their DofE despite personal challenges or the effects of the pandemic.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards director Scotland Helen Anderson (left) presents Moray Council’s Karen Delaney with a commemorative coin and letter of appreciation from the Earl of Wessex for her 37 years of DofE work.Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards director Scotland Helen Anderson (left) presents Moray Council’s Karen Delaney with a commemorative coin and letter of appreciation from the Earl of Wessex for her 37 years of DofE work.(From left) Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Moray Nancy Robson; Moray Council leader Cllr Graham Leadbitter; Helen Anderson, DofE director Scotland; George McIntyre, Moray Deputy Lieutenant; Andy Greenhalgh, DofE development worker Moray; Chris Gransden, senior youth worker DofE Moray; Karen Delaney; Moray Council convener Cllr Shona Morrison; and Fiona Herd, children and families team manager.(From left) Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Moray Nancy Robson; Moray Council leader Cllr Graham Leadbitter; Helen Anderson, DofE director Scotland; George McIntyre, Moray Deputy Lieutenant; Andy Greenhalgh, DofE development worker Moray; Chris Gransden, senior youth worker DofE Moray; Karen Delaney; Moray Council convener Cllr Shona Morrison; and Fiona Herd, children and families team manager.

Karen will donate her coin for a local display as part of her legacy project work.

She said: “I’m thrilled to receive this personal honour and want to share it with inspirational DofE staff and volunteers who I’ve been lucky enough to work and volunteer with over many years in Highland, Perth and Kinross and Moray.