Brenda has not only worked with young people at the centre for the past 15 years but has also been involved in manifold community projects including Globalfest, and work done by such local organisations as the Community Development Project, and Newbury House Arts Centre. The award specifically acknowledged Brenda’s work with the organisation Foroige in the setting up of a youth café.
Brenda, a native of Cavan, who moved to Mayfield in 1991, said of the night
’ I was very surprised to be nominated let alone receive a reward. Time spent with young people is always enjoyable and rewarding and never feels like work. It was an enjoyable and positive occasion for Mayfield. It was amazing to see just how much love people have for their area and the people in it. A night to remember!’
She was presented with her award by Roy Keane, the former Ireland and Manchester Utd midfielder who at one time was a trainee at the Mayfield Community Training Centre.
“It’s nice to give a bit back,” said Keane. “I’m from Mayfield, born and bred here, married here, the kids were christened here, I grew up here.”
“Sometimes Mayfield gets a bad reputation,” he said. “I think it’s unfair. There are a lot of good people, a lot of good people in the community, and that’s why I’m here tonight, to show my appreciation.”
All at the centre would like to congratulate Brenda on her well deserved award and wish her continued success. Manager Maria Lago O’Sullivan had this to say
‘Our most sincere congratulations to Brenda on receiving the Mayfield Community Volunteer Award. This is a much deserved recognition of her time and effort of working with the community. The work she does in our CTC is so valued not only by the Board of Management, staff and colleagues but very especially by the young people that come to our centre.
We are delighted that the community of Mayfield has recognised her in this way and have honoured her with the first Mayfield Community Volunteer Award.
We are full of admiration for her and so proud of her achievements.