Alasdair Whyte was named as Gaelic Ambassador of the Year at the Royal National Mod in Glasgow in 2019, where he was presented with his award by Deputy First Minister, and Cabinet Education Secretary, John Swinney.
In 2008 the Scottish Government invited An Comunn Gàidhealach to nominate someone who, in view of their outstanding work for Gaelic, was worthy of recognition as Gaelic Ambassador of the Year. Government officials arranged the sourcing of an appropriate award from a local artisan in the Falkirk area, where the Royal National Mod was taking place that year, and the honour was presented to Gaelic singing star Julie Fowlis. An Comunn is delighted that the Scottish Government decided to continue awarding this annual honour, and that an award has been presented to the Gaelic Ambassador of the Year at each Royal National Mod since then.
As a result of the unique situation facing us this year we had to consider how best to proceed. Although Alasdair has done sterling work in supporting An Comunn since his personal award was presented to him, he has not been able to fulfil everything he had planned and we are extremely pleased to announce that we have now agreed with Alasdair that he will continue his role as Gaelic Ambassador until October 2021.
An Comunn President, Allan Campbell said, “We are delighted that Alasdair is willing to continue in his role and with his responsibilities as Gaelic Ambassador with us for another year, and we very much look forward to seeing all that he plans to achieve over the coming year.”