Vote for Christine!

Merton Council’s leisure and culture manager, Christine Parsloe, has been shortlisted for the national Guardian’s Public Servant of the Year award.

Christine Parsloe accepting her Outstanding Employee of the Year award at the Merton Council Staff Excellence Awards 2013

Christine Parsloe accepting her Outstanding Employee of the Year award at the Merton Council Staff Excellence Awards 2013

We’re calling on people to make sure Christine’s hard work is recognised and to vote for her before Monday 21 October 2013 by following this link: https://register.theguardian.com/public-servant-of-the-year-2013/register/

Being shortlisted for this prestigious award recognises the hard work Christine has done as leisure and culture manager including her key role in bringing the London Olympic and Paralympic Games to Merton in 2012 with no specific funding for the task. As well as helping 147,000 people line the streets of Merton as the Olympic torch relay passed through, the legacy of Christine’s work includes the BMX track opening in Mitcham and the beach volleyball courts being placed in Wimbledon Park. Christine also arranged for the Queen to visit Mitcham during the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Leader of Merton Council, Councillor Stephen Alambritis said: “Christine Parsloe has been a fantastic ambassador for both Merton Council and the community of the borough. Before London 2012, Christine ensured our residents were involved from the outset, making it a very special and memorable occasion for the borough. Her legacy to date has been fantastic and she has kept the Olympic spirit alive in Merton through the BMX track, beach volleyball courts and several other leisure events and facilities. I would encourage everyone to vote for Christine and help her to get this award which she truly deserves.”

ENDS

Notes to editors