The ITT Presidents Civic Spirit Gold Award 2014 was awarded to Ms. Debra Donovan by Dr. Oliver Murphy at the Graduation Ceremony in October. Debra is a most worthy winner of this award, her volunteering throughout the year included working with: Kerry Adult Literacy and Basic Education Service, Tralee Coder Dojo, Shannow Family Resource Centre and the ITT Enterprise Society. A graduate of Digital Media Studies, Debra added..
“I am very honoured to have been chosen for the Gold Civic Spirit Award. It is always phenomenal to receive recognition for things we do no matter what the situation. I have always tried to pick volunteering opportunities where my skills can be best utilised and where I feel I could also benefit by testing my own abilities. I would be working in the community no matter what, but gaining the recognition of the CS award is absolutely wonderful”.
The Civic Spirit Award provides Debra with a €500 bursary towards his future volunteering endeavours, enabling her to travel further afield and spread her civic engagement ethos to new worthwhile projects.
Oliver Fahy a BSc. Youth & Community Work Practice graduate was also presented on the day with a Civic Spirit Gold Citation for his outstanding work with Garda Youth Diversion Projects in both Tralee and Killarney. All other awards will be presented to current students at the students’ awards night on the 4th December.
The President’s Civic Spirit Award has been established to recognise and acknowledge the significant contribution of ITT’s student volunteers to the Institute and the wider community. There are 3 levels of Award Gold (requiring 100 hours of volunteering commitment), Silver (60 hours) and Bronze (25 hours). The winners in each category are awarded with financial bursaries towards furtherance of their volunteering work, while all applicants receive a citation for their endeavours.
“Civic engagement and volunteering enables the student to experience positive associations, increased life satisfaction and higher self- esteem. Enabling such student holistic experiences is very important within the ethos of the Institute.” Dr. Oliver Murphy, President ITT.
The Institute Volunteer Fair is scheduled for Thursday 4th December, where social entrepreneur John O’Shea and Geraldine Sheehan of Kerry Volunteer Bureau will present to staff and students. Circa 25 community groups will host information tables, where students can avail of the opportunity to engage with groups who seek volunteers to support their work.
Applications for the 2015 PCS awards are acceptable up to and including Friday Dec. 5th, further details below: www.ittralee.ie/en/InformationAbout/CommunityEngagement/