Kinsman & Kinswoman of the Year (2018)
About the award: Each year the Chicago Scots present the Kinsman and Kinswoman Awards in recognition of outstanding dedication and voluntary service to our organization.
allan & jennifer garraway
Allan and Jennifer were both born and raised in Scotland. They have three children. The Garraway family moved to the USA when Allan’s employer, the Bank of Scotland, posted him to Chicago. Following stints in Texas and New York, Jennifer and Allan returned to Chicago to be close to their children and grandchildren.
Throughout their time in Chicago, Allan and Jennifer have always been thoughtfully and generously dedicated to the Chicago Scots' twin purposes: to promote Scottish culture and provide exceptional senior care. The Garraway’s have served on many of the Chicago Scots committees and regularly volunteer at Scottish events. Allan has served on the Chicago Scots Board of Governors in a variety of capacities – helping to establish and lead the Scottish Business Forum, as Chair of the Scottish Festival and Highland Games and as Chairman of the Board.
Distinguished Citizen (2018)
About the award: Presented in recognition of an individual's achievement of excellence and contributions to Society, the Distinguished Citizen Award is our highest honor.
Alexander Gourlay is co-chief operating officer for Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc., overseeing the operations of both Walgreens and Boots. Prior to this, he was named executive vice president of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. and president of Walgreens in December 2014 before moving into his current position in June 2016. Previously, he was executive vice president and president of customer experience and daily living for Walgreens.
Before joining Walgreens in October 2013, Gourlay was chief executive, health & beauty division, Alliance Boots, a role he undertook in January 2009, when he was also appointed to the board of Alliance Boots. He had previously been managing director of Boots UK and a member of the Alliance Boots Group operating committee following the acquisition of Alliance Boots plc by AB Acquisitions Limited in 2007. Prior to this, he was healthcare director of Boots the Chemists, having held senior management positions in store operations and human resources.
Gourlay currently serves as chairman on the board of directors of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores and is a board member of the Retail Leaders Industry Association and World Business Chicago.