David Ford said: “This is great news and I am very pleased for Anna. She is an excellent advocate for all the people of South Belfast and she has made a massive impact on the local political scene since her election.
“This award is a real good news story for Northern Ireland politics, at a time when people are feeling disillusioned by the lack of work coming from the Stormont Executive.
“Anna is a tireless campaigner on community relations and she has done excellent work on both the Social Development and Employment and Learning Committees within the Assembly. This award is recognition for the contribution to Northern Ireland’s society that Anna has given in the short time since she was elected.”