MAJOR INTER-COMMUNITY ‘PACE’ EVENT AT ‘BLAYNEY

15 March 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By PATSY McARDLE

PACE (Parents Acting for Change and Enjoyment,) joined with Blayney Blades, and the National Women’s Network to mark International Women’s Day 2013 at the Íontas Centre, Castleblayney, on Saturday last, in a major event which brought together over more than fifty participants, including women from Clones Community Forum and the Lithuanian Community in Monaghan.
All these organisations are partners in the ongoing hugely successful PACE mentoring and facilitation programme.

This year’s event took the form of a special conference and the speakers included Sister Celine, of the Íontas Centre in Blayney; Bernie Brady, Director of the Irish National Adult Learning Organisation (AONTAS); Mary Coyle, a Castleblayney pharmacist; Therese Hanley, a registered nurse; Martina McBennett from Slimming World; and Dr Amanda McQuaid, Chiropractor.

In her welcome Sr. Celine gave a brief background to International Women’s Day. She noted that the UN designation of a day, which brought issues pertinent to experience of women into focus, was influenced by the earlier working women’s day in the former USSR.

One of the issues facing women internationally was violence and the UN theme for International Women’s Day 2013 reflected : “A Promise is a Promise: Time for Action to End Violence Against Women”.

This theme was the backdrop for the various …

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