19 March 2017
Deputy Commandant (South), Lt Col Graham Dempsey was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the National Youth Worker of the Year Awards 2017.
The Awards celebrate the outstanding commitment, service and impact that youth workers, managers and partners have on the lives of the young people of Scotland and recognises the various categories of youth workers and the various roles that they undertake throughout Scotland.
Lt Col Dempsey has been an adult volunteer for over 31 years and has progressed through several positions including Detachment Commander, Company Commander, Battalion Training Officer and now Deputy Commandant (South). He is currently responsible for all adult training within the Battalion and holds the position of 51 Brigade Training Advisor. He is well known for his organisational and planning skills and having a cool head in complex and difficult situations. He is able to quickly assess problems and make the necessary adaptions.
Over 6,000 young people have passed through the Battalion over the past 31 years and Graham has been a constant force in this time. He is also a strong mentor and role model for adults within the Battalion, having a strong impact on everyone from Probationary Instructors to Officers.
Colonel Pat O'Meara, Colonel Cadets, 51 Brigade who worked with Graham in his time at West Lowland Battalion said "Well deserved and huge congratulations to one of most able and committed CFAVs I have ever known"
Cadet RSM Tony Sockell said "Lt Col Dempsey is one of the most helpful and kind adult volunteers within the Army Cadet Force. Without his help and dedication towards the cadets, myself and many others would not be the people we are today".