For 12 volunteer award winners, Tuesday 2nd November was the evening they discovered how valued they are in their community, how valued they are by Wicklow County Council and the Department of Rural and Community Development and how valued they are by the four sponsors of the awards – County Wicklow Public Participation, SSE Renewables, Takeda and Trinity Biotech.
Each award winner received a unique and useful piece of work by a local artisan to celebrate their commitment to and actions in supporting the community of county Wicklow. According to the independent adjudicators, “it was very difficult to choose winners when each nominee was so worthy of winning”. The awards were held on Zoom, however, that doesn’t mean that everyone involved didn’t have a great time! For the staff of the County Wicklow Volunteer Centre, the awards were a humbling experience as they marvelled at the extraordinary commitment of the winners, especially during the first and second waves of COVID when all winners went the extra mile to ensure that their services would continue and the weak and vulnerable in their communities were looked after so that social isolation and fear was banished.
The 12 Winners are as follows:
1. East Coast Samaritans – Volunteer Team Award.
2. P.J. Busher, Arklow Community Action Resource Centre – Arklow Municipal District Local Hero Award
3. Deirdre McCormack, Pool for West Wicklow and lots more – Baltinglass Municipal District Local Hero Award
4. Eleanor Murphy, Bray Meals on Wheels & Bray Old Folks Association – Bray Municipal District Local Hero Award
5. Marie McCooey, Greystones Tidy Towns – Greystones Municipal District Local Hero
6. Rachel Harper, Tiglin Centre & much more – Wicklow Municipal District Local Hero Award
7. Aisling Grace, Dunlavin & District Forum – Covid-19 Special Projects Award
8. Liz McMahon, Cheshire Ireland – Virtual Volunteering Award
9. Kasha Huse-Byrne, Bray Citizens Information Centre – Innovative Community Volunteering Award
10. Sibangilizwe Ncube, Greystones Centralised Vaccination Centre – Award For A Member Of The Migrant, Refugee, Asylum Seeking Community
11. Sean Legaspi, Bray Tidy Towns – Under 18 Volunteer Award
12. Ailbhe O’Brien, WaterWipes – Corporate Volunteer Award
The County Wicklow Volunteer Centre would like to thank SSE Renewables who sponsored three awards. Takeda sponsored two awards & Trinity Biotech & County Wicklow Public Participation Network both sponsored one award.
Without their support & the support of Wicklow County Council & the Department of Rural and Community Development, these awards would not have happened.
Check Out Our Winner’s Parade!