Denis has been a member of Saintfield Development Association for many years. He is a member of two committees within the organisation and takes an active role in both. He is an anchorman in the Green Committee who work relentlessly making Saintfield and the lead-roads into it litter-free, colourful and tidy. He can be seen in his high-viz vest and overalls sweeping roads and footpaths, weeding flowerbeds, planting floral displays, watering plants throughout the summer season and strimming grass every week from early spring through to late autumn. Even in the winter months he braves the elements to keep Saintfield clean and tidy. He helps organise regular community litter-picks and the two cycle runs. In the summer months, Denis’s wife Maureen joins him deadheading the many floral displays every Saturday morning. All community events organised within the Saintfield Development Association, Denis is to the fore. He is the ‘go to’ man for contact with the churches and organisations. Saintfield holds a very successful Christmas Fair every year and is always a serious contender in the annual Ulster in Bloom Competition. Both, of course, require funds and Denis excels when bringing voluntary monetary contributions in. This is a reflection on how much Denis is respected in Saintfield by the traders, businesses and residents. Denis’s caring for people shows in his actions outside Saintfield Development Association. He is active in his church and visits the unwell and lonely, running errands for them and taking them to medical appointments. I’m proud to declare Denis Conn our ‘Community Hero’.