Harrow's Heroes

2022 finalists and winners

The judges have decided on this year’s finalists and winners. Congratulations to all our nominees, and thank you for the work you do to make a difference to our residents and our borough.

We received over 100 nominations and throughout September we’ll be celebrating the amazing work that volunteers and members of the community do to make Harrow a great place to live and work.

Also in September we’ll be celebrating our winners at a special awards ceremony. There are 10 categories this year and below is a list of all our shortlisted finalists and winners:


Supporting Vulnerable People

  • Colin Powell

Nominated for his devotion and commitment to supporting unpaid carers and making Harrow a safer and more compassionate place for vulnerable people.

  • Jackie O’Hanlon - WINNER

Nominated for her incredible efforts and outstanding work spanning more than 20 years working with and supporting special needs children.

  • Tanya Dennis - WINNER

Nominated for her dedication to help vulnerable women and children, helping to change many lives by offering support and distributing essential food and equipment.

  • Vicky Leech

Nominated for creating a safe space for parents of children with special needs and disabilities to meet and express themselves without judgement.

Team Award

  • Friends of Harrow Weald Recreation

Nominated for their volunteer work, dedication and creativity that has helped improved Harrow Weald Recreation Ground and surrounding area in Harrow Weald.

  • Wealdstone Baby Bank

Nominated for helping local families by collecting and distributing donations of essential items for babies and children.

  • Wealdstone Baptist Church Foodshare

Nominated for collecting and distributing food, shopping, listening to those most in need and in doing so providing a life changing service.

  • Voluntary Action Harrow - WINNER

Nominated for their ongoing dedication and support for local community and volunteer groups in a unique empathic way.


Health and Wellbeing award

  • Aurora Da Silva - WINNER

Nominated for her leadership of Need to Talk which has been at the forefront of supporting mental health of people affected by the pandemic.

  • Bina Padia

Nominated for her walk talk group which has helped many women cope with their mental health and helped keep people fit, especially through the pandemic.

  • Lorna Gordon

Nominated for her high level of empathy and help with a client recovering from alcohol use.

Bringing People Together

  • Brian Rose

Nominated for supporting patients at Northwick Park Hospital via Radio Harrow who are lonely, isolated or sick.

  • David Phelops - WINNER

Nominated for his outstanding contribution to the people of Harrow and the wider community through More Than Just a Choir which brings together and benefits those touched by mental illness. 

  • Jade Weir Reid

Nominated for going above and beyond to ensure that the needs of loved ones and the community are met by raising awareness of issues such as mental health, helping people become more financially literate and encouraging local businesses and young entrepreneurs pursue their dreams.

  • Julie Waller

Nominated for tirelessly working through the pandemic and beyond to improve the community for everyone in Pinner.

Lifetime achievement

  • Beryl Jones

Nominated for her lifetime service and selfless efforts to improve the lives of others, bringing comfort, support and friendship.

  • Gerry Devine - WINNER

Nominated for dedicating more than 35 years volunteering and his contribution has helped improve the lives of many Harrow residents. 

  • Marilyn Devine

Nominated for making a significant contribution to the lives of many Harrow residents spanning more than 30 years.

  • Vivian Morris

Nominated for dedicating more than 30 years as Beaver Leader offering life skills to the borough’s young residents.

Clean, Safe and Green Communities

  • Jane Galbraith

Nominated for guiding the community to get involved and help build and sustain the community in and around Harrow Recreation Ground. 

  • Lee O’brien - WINNER

Nominated for making an outstanding contribution to the safety of residents in Pinner.

  • Leslie Bolsover

Nominated for her commitment as the volunteer warden of Newton Farm Ecology to improve the park.

  • Simon Braidman - WINNER

Nominated for his dedication and commitment to make Harrow a better place for residents and nature. 

  • Simon Joshua

Nominated for his commitment to help the borough’s most vulnerable residents, and also seeking solutions to help our environment.

Extraordinary Achievement

  • Carly Orbell

Nominated for her care, compassion and commitment to support a 4 year old with learning disabilities move into temporary foster placement.

  • David Steele - WINNER

Nominated for volunteering for the home library service helping to deliver books to those who cannot get to their local library due to age, disability or illness.

  • Rachel Dimond

Nominated for supporting those most in need, particularly young people. She inspires others to join her to improve the lives of Harrow residents through programmes such as the holiday activities programme.

  • Susan and Anthony Strugnell

Nominated for providing quality care to hundreds of Harrow children during the past 38 years.

Inspiring Young People

  • 4th Harrow Scout Group

Nominated for their commitment to the wellbeing of young people – in particular throughout lockdowns during the pandemic where they moved to online resources/activities to support young people.

  • 16 Harrow Guides

Nominated for their dedication and time in helping young girls from diverse backgrounds get the opportunity to participate in new experiences, learn and practice new skills.

  • Harrow and Wembley Sea Cadets - WINNER

Nominated for offering life changing skills and opportunities to young people. Their dedication and commitment inspires young people learn new skills and go places they thought were not possible.

  • Hussein Juma

Nominated for his outstanding work in making a difference to coach young people in table tennis and help them with their personal development.

Outstanding Young Person

  • Aditi Vajani

Nominated for her volunteer work at care homes, delivering food during the pandemic to those most in need.

  • Ariana Abawe - WINNER

Nominated for using her magazine for Aghan people she has helped thousands of people who are less fortunate and  inspired young women, especially Afghan women to reach their goals and full potential.

  • Daniela Nastuta

Nominated for her dedication and commitment in using art to inspire young people through drawing and arts clubs in the borough all wile studying at university.

  • Kushi Halai

Nominated for her outstanding contribution at the 8th Kenton Beaver Scout Group inspiring many young people in Harrow and ensuring they have a safe place to have fun and enjoy themselves.