92-year-old Peggy Metaxas received the ‘Tenant lifetime contribution’ award at the Housing Heroes Awards ceremony in July.
Peggy was born and raised in East London, immigrated to Canada in 1957 and returned to Selby Street in the late 80s.
She is the longest-standing resident and founding member of the Tenants and Residents’ Association since 1987.
Having worked in the community all her life, Peggy was a worthy nominee for the award. She has been an exceptional member of the community, volunteers weekly at the Salvation Army Luncheon Club, as well as the Prideaux House in Hackney, knits items for sale to support Battersea Dogs home, and much more.
Joygun Bibi-Ali, Chair of TRA said: "I met Peggy in 1998 and she has been a very good friend since then, she is always there when needed for everyone, adults and children alike. She is a nice lady, a grandmother and a friend and is always there for me and my family.
Hosna Begum, Treasurer of TRA said: "I first met Peggy in 1998, she always does a lot for everyone and the TRA.
She’s welcoming, lovely and polite who gets along with everyone, the children always congregate by her flat and love her dearly.”
Larry Herman Secretary of SETA (Selby Estate Tenants Association), who was part of the team that nominated Peggy, and was responsible for the plaque mounted for her, will be hounouring the work she has done for the community at the Selby Street Summer Party.
Katie Perry Customer Engagement Team Leader, Lillian Lanek Head of Customer Engagement & Business Transformation,
Carol Ann Resident Engagement Officer and Tracey Down, Assistant Director of Housing (pictured) visited Peggy to present her with her award as she was unable to attend the award ceremony. As a worthy winner, Peggy, said: “I was really surprised to win the award, especially at a national level. I love my community and really enjoy working with all the Selby Street residents, thank you to all my neighbours for nominating me and their kind words.”