Community leader in Kilkeel nominated for prestigious awards

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Sunday, February 26th, 2012
A local leader has been nominated for one of the most prestigious awards available to heads of the third sector in Northern Ireland. Seamus Mullan has been nominated for the CO3 Third Sector Chairperson of the Year award. The CO3 Leadership Awards, the most high-profile awards for leaders in the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland, takes place on the 23rd February in the City Hotel, Derry. The awards will recognise the efforts of leaders in categories such as Leading Growth and Innovation, Leading on Political Impact and Third Sector Chairperson of the Year. Majella McCloskey, Chief Executive of CO3, said that the nominations reflected the strength in depth of the sector right across Northern Ireland, particularly in the Newry and Mourne area. “The voluntary and community sector encompasses groups that are small and large, urban and rural; leaders in this region have long been at the forefront of making a real difference in the lives of service users.” “As a sector, we’re seeing voluntary and community bodies make tremendous efforts to plug the gap in terms of the shortfalls felt by voluntary services and it’s very important to recognise the contribution that third sector leaders are making to their local societies.” Member of the judging panel and solicitor from Edwards & Co., Jenny Ebbage said, “The nominees for this year’s awards have displayed real dynamism and flair in the way that they’ve risen to their respective challenges. We’ve certainly had difficulty in choosing our winners but that’s a testament to the quality of the field. The third sector often does an unheralded job in Northern Ireland and these awards, the largest of their kind for the third sector here, aim to redress that balance.” Running in conjunction with the CO3 Awards will be the CO3 Leadership conference, which will promote the sharing of best practice and allow guests the opportunity to hear from international speakers leading the way in third sector practices.
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