Emily Price (second from left) and Thomas Hughes (third from left)
At Young Liberals Online Conference, former WYL Chair Thomas Hughes was awarded the Emily Price Award for Extraordinary Service, dedicated to a former Vice-Chair-elect, campaigner and Aberystwyth Town Councillor.
Emily Price was a student at Aberystwyth University, and a dedicated Young Liberal before she tragically passed away in 2017, shortly after her election as Town Councillor in Aberystwyth. In her honour, the Emily Price Award for Extraordinary Service was established to remember her spirit, attitude and commitment, and is awarded to a Young Liberal who embodies our values in the same way Emily did.
Our Co-Campaigns Officer, Leena Farhat, was a student at the same time as Emily, and wrote this tribute to her:
The Emily Price Award for Extraordinary Service bears the name of one of our most singular activists. Emily was a passionate Liberal Democrat, having been the President of the Aberystwyth Student & Young Liberals but was so much more. From her outstanding science background to her many hobbies including Frisbee and drawing, she was a young woman who lived and breathed the Liberal ideals of encouragement, openness, and tolerance. She was set to become a Welsh Liberal Democrat town Councillor in Aberystwyth and the Vice Chair of our organisation all while undertaking her masters. It has been 3 years since her passing, but we will not forget her as we endeavour to embody her kindness, happiness and supportive attitude.
Thomas Hughes, a former WYL Chair, Candidate in Pembrokeshire and Reservist, won this years' for his voluntary service to his community during these extraordinary times. This was the nomination:
Tom has gone above and beyond during what has been a very testing year for us all. When the best advice was to stay home and stay safe, few turned towards the face of danger to help protect others. Not only is this brave and worthy of commendation in itself, but to do so out of a sense of duty towards others and the community at large is outstanding. Tom did not pause to consider the personal risks, but put himself in harms way in the peak of the worst pandemic in a century. His sense of duty, bravery and compassion is worthy of admiration from us all.