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Antrim and Newtownabbey Council Officer Wins Community Engagement Award at MJ Awards

We are thrilled to announce that Jonathan Henderson, Community Services Coordinator for Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, has been honoured with the Community Engagement Award at this year's MJ Awards.

This recognition is a testament to Jonathan's long-standing service and unwavering commitment to empowering and supporting community development in the Borough.

Jonathan was nominated in the Community Engagement category for his exceptional dedication to fostering a strong and vibrant community. His tireless efforts have significantly contributed to the betterment of our Borough through a range of impactful events and programs.

Over the years, Jonathan has successfully led numerous initiatives. He has been at the forefront of the Community Development Grant Aid, providing essential support to local projects and organisations, helping them thrive and make a difference in the community. Additionally, he has organised the highly-anticipated Christmas Switch-Ons, which bring festive cheer and unity to residents. Jonathan also played a pivotal role in the planning and execution of landmark celebrations such as the Coronation and Platinum Jubilee Programmes, creating memorable experiences for the entire community.

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Neil Kelly commented,

"We are incredibly proud of Jonathan's achievements and his well-deserved recognition at the MJ Awards.

"His passion for community engagement and relentless dedication to supporting our residents have made a profound impact. This award is a fitting tribute to his hard work and commitment."

Upon receiving the award, Jonathan Henderson expressed his gratitude, stating,

"I am honoured to receive the Community Engagement Award. This recognition is not just for me but for everyone in the Council’s Community Engagement Team. Together, we have built a stronger, more connected Borough. I look forward to continuing this journey and making an even greater impact."


The MJ Awards celebrate excellence in local government services, highlighting outstanding achievements and innovative practices. Jonathan Henderson's award exemplifies the positive difference that dedicated individuals can make in their communities.