CIS Volunteers honoured at Annual Award Ceremony
Volunteers who have given over 20 years of service to their community with the Citizens Information Service were honoured at a special ceremony in Dublin, last month. The generous contribution of 18 volunteers from ten CISs in, Blanchardstown/Dublin 15, Clondalkin, Co Offaly, Co Louth, Co Tipperary, Cork City North, Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown, Fingal (North County), Kilkenny and West Cork was recognised. Each volunteer received a certificate and a commemorative bowl at the event which was hosted by the Citizens Information Board (CIB) and the National Association of Citizens Information Services (NACIS).
The event also recognised the achievements of five IAAP (Information Advice and Advocacy Programme) graduates who received their FETAC level 6 certificates on the day. Ciarán Tracey from Mallow CIC, Cork spoke about the challenges of answering increasingly complex queries and of the value of the programme in helping Information Officers to deal with these queries.
Speaking at the event Nina Arwitz, CEO of Volunteer Ireland said: "For the fourth year running, Ireland has been ranked the most generous country in Europe in the World Giving Index. This research highlights the generosity of spirit that continues to thrive in Ireland and it is people like you who make us leaders in Europe and keep Ireland ranked among the best volunteering nations in the world. Last year over 12,400 volunteers engaged with I-VOL and local Volunteer Centres and these volunteers clocked up an incredible 470,000 hours of volunteering at a purely economic value of over €10 million to the Irish economy."
Sylda Langford, Chair, CIB, speaking for the last time at the event prior to her retirement said: "Volunteers are a critical resource to the CISs and bring a diversity and wealth of experience which is as important now as it was 20 years ago when the volunteers who are with us today started giving of their time. All contribute to the delivery of a much needed service to the local community."
She added that: "This is the fifth time that we have celebrated the contribution of our long standing volunteers from around the country. Congratulations are also extended to volunteers with 10 and 5 years' service who have been or will be acknowledged at local celebrations around the country. This year 40 volunteers will receive certificates for 10 years' service and 61 for 5 years' service to their local CIS."
Angela Black, Chief Executive, CIB, thanked both the outgoing Chair, Sylda Langford and the volunteers for their service and commitment over the years. She also added: "The National Volunteer Strategy for CISs is now in place supporting the role of volunteers to contribute to an ever changing and expanding service. It strengthens the role of volunteers and ensures that they are supported through training and other measures to deliver consistent and high standards in a demanding and complex work environment."
Michael McGuane, Chair NACIS spoke about the importance of the role of volunteers and their pivotal task through the years in ensuring that their local communities, especially the vulnerable and socially excluded have access to information on entitlements and services and the assistance needed in securing them.
Pictured at the volunteer award ceremony were from left: Nina Arwitz, CEO, Volunteer Ireland, Michael McGuane, Chair, NACIS, Angela Black, CEO and Sylda Langford, Chair, CIB.
IAAP Graduates: Front row: Sylda Langford, Angela Black, Anne Daly Charleville CIC, and Anna Colbert, Mallow CIC. Pictured with Brenda Breen-Greene, Mallow CIC, Daiga Ancikovska, Carlow CIS, Ciaran Tracey, Mallow CIC, Ciaran Casey, Development Manager, Mary Lyne, CIB, Marie Farrelly, CIB.
Front Row: Picture with: Sylda Langford, Chairperson, CIB, Angela Black, CEO, CIB, Mary Byrne, Dun Laoghaire CIC, Michael McGuane, NACIS Nuala Crowe Taft, Development Manager, Clondalkin CIS, Marie Power, Clondalkin CIC, David Lynch, Clondalkin CIC, Breda Nevin, Clondalkin CIC, Niall Sexton, DM, Dun Laoghaire CIS, Celia Durnan, Blanchardstown CIC, Michela Benassi, DM, Blanchardstown CIC, Catherine Early, Chair, Dun Laoghaire CIS, Nina Arwitz, CEO, Volunteer Ireland
Picture with (Front Row): Sylda Langford, Angela Black, Joan Craig, Fingal CIS and Michael McGuane, NACIS, Liam Tynan, Louth CIS, Marie Hayes, Louth CIS, Andrew McCann, Fingal CIS, Sharon Dillon, Louth CIS, Anna O’Flanagan, CIB, Bill Craig, Fingal CIS
Pictured with (front row) Sylda Langford, Angela Black, Gary Morrissey, Tipperary CIS, Anne Marie O’Connor, CIB, Beth Collins, Betty Nolan, Vera Walshe, Tom Walsh and Susan Ryan from Offaly CIS, Eamonn Burgess, NACIS and Bray CIC, Mary Plunkett and Liam Cloonan from Tipperary CIS.
Pictured with (front row) Sylda Langford, Angela Black, Bridget Kelly, Kilkenny CIS, and Patricia Phelan, Waterford CIS, Nina Arwitz, CEO Volunteer Ireland, Anne Barry, Waterford CIS, Mary Keane, Waterford CIS, Sarah Drea, Kilkenny CIS, Marie Farrelly, CIB.
Pictured with (front row) Sylda Langford, Angela Black and Joyce Dukelow, West Cork CIS. Anne Marie O’Connor, CIB, Patricia Moynihan, Anne O’Donovan and Margaret McAllister, all West Cork CIS.