NEW PRESIDENT SETS OUT HER VISION FOR DONEGAL WOMEN IN BUSINESS


first_imgGrace Ann McGarvey, Brand, Web Design, Media & Communications, Vice President : Shona Chambers, John McColgan Financial Advisors, Treasurer, Rachel Wasson, Karen Murphy, Karen Murphy Speech & Drama, Rosemary Lyons, Enterprise Officer, Inishowen Development Partnership Company, Fiona Higgins, Batik Art by Fiona Higgins, Maureen Walsh, Errigal Montessori (Missing from Photo), Denise McClintock, DWIB Administrator, Fiona O’Reilly, On the Dot, and Catherine Lyster, LYIT.“Donegal Women in Business, Mean Business”, says Grace Ann McGarvey a native of Kilmacrennan who runs her own Design, Web Design, Media & Communications business.Grace Ann has just been elected as the President of the Donegal Women in Business Network.Grace Ann has been working in this industry for over 20 years and set up her own business over 3 years ago. She decided to start her own business because she knew that it would give her the opportunity, not only to do what she loves, but the flexibility to be on hand for her three children, Maurice 17, Hannah 15 & Luke 11. “I am passionate about my work, I love working with clients from all over the globe and from all different industries and sizes and when I see a smile on a clients face or get an “I love it” email, then that makes everything I do worthwhile”. says Grace Ann.“However, being in business on your own can sometimes be isolating and that’s why networks like the Donegal Women in Business Network are a great source for sharing knowledge, meeting potential new clients, friends and mentors and learning from successful, start up and growing business people in our own county”.The Donegal Women in Business Network is in existence now for 15 years and provides a valuable platform for the inspiration and capacity building of women in business through a variety of initiatives and opportunities and is making a contribution towards developing the next generation of women business.The network is also a sounding board for advice and giving support through their events, workshops & conferences held regularly throughout the county. The different categories of membership represent a cross section of businesswomen across different sectors. Members include entrepreneurs, women managing businesses for other owners, social entrepreneurs, thought leaders and senior decision makers. We continually upgrade our various programmes and initiatives to keep abreast of what women need to sustain and grow their business. Programmes and activities range from the purely social, to the strongly business focused, such as skills development, mentoring, social media training, networking, financial presentations and guest speakers from the business and professional sectors. Over the last few years we have made significant networking links with our colleagues in Derry Women in Enterprise and Sligo Women in Business network.The Committee provide their time and commit fully to their voluntary roles and are the main touch point within the membership of the network.The hard working committee, who take time out of their busy schedules, to meet and organise the networking events, workshops and conferences for the members are newly elected President : Grace Ann McGarvey, Brand, Web Design, Media & Communications, Vice President : Shona Chambers, John McColgan Financial Advisors, Treasurer, Rachel Wasson, Karen Murphy, Karen Murphy Speech & Drama, Rosemary Lyons, Enterprise Officer, Inishowen Development Partnership Company, Fiona Higgins, Batik Art by Fiona Higgins, Maureen Walsh, Errigal Montessori, Denise McClintock, DWIB Administrator, Fiona O’Reilly, On the Dot, and Catherine Lyster, LYIT.“Collectively within the network we have a huge knowledge and expertise and I believe we are making a difference to our economy. There are challenges of course, such as managing time, providing challenging programmes of interest for our members and providing value for money. However, I strongly believe that it is important for the growth of women in business to ensure that we have a voice in the county regarding business issues and in the importance of links with the Local Enterprise Office, who were instrumental in setting up the Women in Business Network, Donegal County Council, Enterprise Ireland, other support agencies and financial institutions that offer support to our members and engage with the Network.“It is my vision to increase the footprint and the voice of Donegal women in business both, in the county, and nationally, and to increase our membership significantly to make that happen. To that end, I would encourage any woman that is in business or managing a business in the county to make contact with us, join the network for only €40 a year, help yourself and let us help you to grow your business. I would also like to encourage all the agencies in the county to make contact with us so that we can add them our mailing lists and distribute anything that may be of relevance to our members.” Anyone can contact the network directly and join instantly by logging onto www.donegalwomeninbusiness.com, email [email protected], contact me directly at [email protected] You can also follow our network on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DWIBNetwork.NEW PRESIDENT SETS OUT HER VISION FOR DONEGAL WOMEN IN BUSINESS was last modified: April 25th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

A GOLDEN ERA AT RAPHOE ROYAL AND PRIOR REMEMBERED


first_imgThe Goudie sisters from Raphoe who attended the Royal & Prior School Past Pupils Association 50th anniversary reunion at Harvey’s Point Hotel. Included are Olive, Pauline, Heather and Liz.The Past Pupils Association of the Royal and Prior Comprehensive School celebrated 50 years in existence on Saturday 21st May in Harvey’s Point Country Hotel, Lough Eske.The Association incorporates past pupils from the old Royal School in Raphoe, the Prior School in Lifford and the present Royal and Prior Comprehensive.Almost 200 people attended, including past pupils, friends and invited guests, some having travelled overseas to be present. Founding members John Carlin, cut the cake at the Royal & Prior School Past Pupils Association 50th anniversary reunion.The Association was founded in 1966 and three of the founding members were in attendance, Ms Roberta Campbell, (née Davidson), Mr John Carlin and Mrs Evelyn McCandless, (née Stewart) and all three did the honours of cutting the jubilee cake before proceedings got underway.Mr Lowry Craig, the fourth founding member, living in South Africa, was unable to attend but sent an email wishing the Association well, on their anniversary, and shared some wonderful memories that he had of days in the Old Royal School and of his time in Trinity College, Dublin.Hazel Brown (nee Buchanan), Ann Robinson (nee Buchanan), Jean Curran (Nee McElhinney) and Carol Porter (nee McKinney) at the Royal & Prior School Past Pupils Association 50th anniversary reunion.The President of the Association, Mr Aubrey Oliver, welcomed those present and Rev. Canon John Merrick said Grace before dinner.After dinner toasts were proposed by Dr Howard Welch, Principal of the Royal and Prior to the Past Pupils Association. Mr Aubrey Oliver responded on behalf of the Association and proposed a toast to the invited guests, (Mr Tom Galbraith, Armagh, Mr Keith MacLean, Dungannon, Mr Stephen Richmond, Portora and Mr Richard Johnson, RBAI). John Robinson, Drew Corry, Mitchell Patterson, Trevor Long and Tommy McKean at the Royal & Prior School Past Pupils Association 50th anniversary reunion.Then Mr Desmond West, former Principal of the school replied on behalf of the invited guests.Rev. Canon David Crooks shared memories of his schooldays in the Old Royal School and Ms Marian Thompson, (née Reilly) reminisced about her days in the Prior School in Lifford. Master of ceremonies was Mrs Jean Curran.Emily Boal (nee Patterson) Drew Corry, Malcolm Stewart andMemorabilia from all schools was on display. Mrs Jennifer Vance played the harp while people arrived and music was provided after the meal by “Jazz Gazette”. All present agreed that it was a wonderful evening and the organising committee would like to thank Donegal County Council, Fáilte Ireland, and IBP Insurance for their generous funding which ensured that the event was a huge success.Trevor Long, Geraldine West and Jillian Long at the Royal & Prior School Past Pupils Association 50th anniversary reunion.Marion and Ken Sayers at the Royal and Prior School Past Pupils Association 50th anniversary reunion.A GOLDEN ERA AT RAPHOE ROYAL AND PRIOR REMEMBERED was last modified: May 23rd, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalGolden JubileeRaphia Royal and Priorlast_img read more