Committee Profiles

MargaretSmith

Margaret Smith
Trustee and Management
Committee Member

Margaret Smith

Trustee and Management
Committee Member

MargaretSmith

I joined Aberdeen Silver City Surfers in the early days as a learner, a Hospitality Volunteer and, now, am the Chair of the Management Committee. All because I thought it important that older people should be able to use the internet. My career ran through teaching to youth work and then community development. These interests were important in fifteen years on the council and, still, I like politics, Aberdeen Football Club and koalas.

LouiseFarmer

Louise Farmer
SCS Secretary
Trustee and Management
Committee Member

Louise Farmer

SCS Secretary
Trustee and Management
Committee Member

LouiseFarmer

I am a professional qualified Social Worker with over 30 years experience in the statutory and voluntary sectors. I was instrumental in setting up the Silver City Surfers when I was the Development Officer for Age Concern Scotland and I am proud to still be involved. When I am not working or volunteering, I like to read, swim and if I am feeling really energetic, I do indoor climbing! I also love good food and wine.

AilsaDuncan

Ailsa Duncan
SCS Chair
SCS Trustee and Management
Committee Member

Ailsa Duncan

SCS Chair, Trustee and Management
Committee Member

AilsaDuncan

Ailsa recently retired after a career in the pubic and Third sectors having worked at both operational and strategic levels in the NHS and Local Government in Scotland and England. In Aberdeen, as Strategist at Aberdeen City Council supporting Community Planning and leading on Employability in the City. Most recently, developing the Food Bank Partnership Aberdeen partnership, realising quantities of food to be redistributed to those in need in the City.

Ailsa’s interests include news and media, literature and creative writing.

Ailsa is committed to social justice.

GrahamCastle

Graham Castle
SCS Treasurer & Volunteer Tutor
Monthly Info. Talk
Presenter
Trustee and Management
Committee Member

Graham Castle

SCS Treasurer, Volunteer Tutor, Monthly Info Talk
Presenter, Trustee and Management
Committee Member

GrahamCastle

Graham is an Aberdeen loon and a retired Senior University Lecturer. He has a masters degree in information technology, a tertiary level teaching certificate and is a former Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. He has a wide range of experience in both industry and higher education. Graham presents the Silver City Surfers Monthly Talks as well as tutoring at Citadel sessions. Hobbies include photography, Nordic hill walking and keeping up to date with technology.

ColinCusiter

Colin Cusiter
SCS Volunteer Tutor
SCS Trustee and Management Committee Member

Colin Cusiter

SCS Volunteer Tutor
SCS Trustee and Management Committee Member

ColinCusiter

My name is Colin and for the last 5 years I have volunteered at Silver City Surfers as a tutor. I am also on the committee and a trustee of Surfers. I find the work very rewarding as it is great to see people being able to communicate with friends and family, especially abroad. It is fantastic to see the joy of parents and grandparents being able to see their families in a “real time” basis.

Whether it is learning how to set up an email account, surf the net or type some labels, it is all worthwhile at the end of the day. It is a great opportunity to meet lots of people, tutors and customers alike. There is also a great social aspect with people meeting, having coffee and swapping tales and chatting.

JimHunter

Jim Hunter
Tutor, Trustee and Management
Committee Member

Jim Hunter

Tutor, Trustee and Management
Committee Member

JimHunter

I’ve been a volunteer with the Surfers since 2011. Although I was a lecturer in Computer Science before I retired, this does NOT mean that I know any more about Facebook, iPads, Windows 8, etc. than the next volunteer – probably less in fact! My other interests are singing with Aberdeen Bach Choir and hill walking – 115 Munros to do and counting …

Celia

Celia Tremain
SCS Hospitality Volunteer
Trustee and Management Committee Member

Celia Tremain

SCS Volunteer Tutor
Trustee and Management Committee Member

Celia

I joined SCS as a Hospitality Volunteer (i.e. Tea Wifie) six years ago and have really enjoyed meeting so many lovely, friendly people – both fellow volunteers and learners.

I am now also a member of the Committee and am happy for the opportunity to give something back for all the good times I’ve had.

Apart from the above, I love doing crossword puzzles, reading thriller and I also try my hand at a bit of gardening.

ChrisDunhill

Chris Dunhill
SCS & Schools Squad Project Co-ordinator

Chris Dunhill

SCS & Schools Squad Project Co-ordinator

ChrisDunhill

I love my work! Our volunteers are a talented, dedicated and diverse group of individuals and to support them and what they provide to help people keep in touch with technology is a real privilege. The Schools’ Squad Project is a great way of getting out and about into different communities within Aberdeen and the teachers, pupils and participants are a pleasure to work with.

In my spare time I like to juggle, read – my favourite book so far is between ‘The Garden of Evening Mists’ and ‘Bel Canto’. I enjoy getting out and about in the garden and, occasionally, play the piano. I’m a keen photographer.

#suzanne

Suzanne Murdoch
SCS Reaching Out: Going Local Project Lead Coordinator

Suzanne Murdoch

Reaching Out: Going Local Project Lead, SCS Coordinator

suzanne

I enjoy working with such a great bunch of people and getting the chance to meet so many lovely folk with such interesting stories. I get to work with an amazing group of volunteers who give their time so generously in sharing their knowledge with older people in various communities around Aberdeen.

In my spare time, I enjoy walking and reading and also pottering in my garden. I love languages and trying new foods as well as spending time with family and friends.