Seven volunteers from Donegal County Council inspired and motivated 173 students in three schools in Co. Donegal. At the recent recognition event An Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Terence Slowey present them with the certificates of achievement.
Speaking at the award ceremony Cllr Slowey thanked the staff from the Council who volunteered in this year’s programme.
“I am delighted to be in a position to thank the Council staff for volunteering their time and effort for this very worthwhile programme. The fact that the Council has been involved in this programme since 2003 speaks for itself. From listening to the staff and indeed to the programme co-ordinator Patricia Friel I can see how this programme creates a great sense of excitement and fun for the children participating. It builds the children’s confidence in having their say and helps them to shape how they think things should be done”.
Mary Elliott is one of the Donegal County Council staff members who volunteer on this programme. Mary believes that while every student gets the chance to be involved in different ways it is also a great learning experience for the volunteers. “Students are so positive and have a clear understanding of various aspects of the business world and very often they teach us, as programme deliverers, to have a more socially inclusive approach to their world also!”
“By working with organisations like Donegal County Council we are able to connect local students with local volunteers who in turn share their insights and expertise, linking the classroom and the ‘real world’ to enhance their learning experience. I am very grateful to Donegal County Council for their ongoing support.” Patricia Friel Junior Achievement Co-ordinator in Donegal.
The Council staff who received certificates of recognition on the day included Bobby Smith, Martin Roarty, Fiona Wasson, Caroline Mc Cleary, Caitlin Uí Chochláin and Mary Elliott.