Apex Grampian are delighted to add the Sam Dow MBE Award to their collection of recognition for the Virtual Visits project. The Sam Dow is awarded annually to Apex staff teams for outstanding and innovative performance.
Virtual Visits is run in partnership with the Scottish Prison Service, delivering a hugely successful scheme that allows family and friends to communicate with loved ones in prison via video call.
(L-R) Helen Chamier-Tripp (Service Development Manager), Gayle Kaufmann (Centre Co-ordinator), Marta Khan, Alex McRobb, Katrina Paton, Rioghnach Armstrong, Christine Leonard, Boroka Toro, Larissa Karpa, Hayley Westland
Sam Dow started his working life in the Navy and when ill health brought him home to Scotland he began working with young offenders. This experience brought him to Apex, where he worked in prisons such as Shotts, Barlinnie and Polmont and was involved in the Children’s Hearing System. He was awarded an MBE in 2005 and passed away a year later.
Sam Dow’s legacy lives on, not only in the annual Apex award but in the hearts and minds of the Leadhill community to which he gave so much time and dedication.