Sr Mary Clare, who is based at St Peter & All Souls Church, was given the award for: "Her outstanding contribution to the work of the Fairtrade Peterborough steering group. Her commitment to changing the lives of those in need is demonstrated through her work on the Inter-Faith Council and many other bodies," read the citation.
The Peterborough Civic Awards aim to recognise residents, groups, organisations and businesses that have made a real difference to their local community.
Councillor Peter Hiller, chairman of the city council’s Honours Panel, said: “The Civic Awards are about recognising the unsung heroes in our city ' the people who are making a difference all year round. The winners were chosen out of scores of nominations that came in from residents across Peterborough and its villages. It’s remarkable and heart-warming to see what people are achieving every day in the support of others. These are Peterborough’s true heroes."
Sr Mary Clare said: "I feel very honoured to be given an award for what I see as a minimal contribution to the local community, but judging by the applause as I went forward to receive it, my contribution must be appreciated."
Fairtrade Peterborough means that the community has made a commitment to support farmers in the developing world by raising awareness of the Fairtrade Mark.
Sr Mary Clare is also an active member of Churches Together in Central Peterborough – Community Group.
"I act as the link between the group and the City Council to see how we can best help those in need – homeless folk, ex-prisoners and those trying to curb their addictions," she explained.
Sr Mary Clare is well-known across the Diocese of East Anglia as a former teacher in Peterborough, King’s Lynn and Thetford as well as being a Prison Chaplain at HMP Edmunds Hill and HMP Peterborough.
She is also the diocesan representative for refugees in Peterborough.
Pictured above is Sr Mary Clare Mason receiving her Civic Award from Councillor John Peach, Mayor of Peterborough.