5 April 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Pramerica Systems Ireland Ltd. honoured Gemma O’Shea, a fourth-year student at St. Louis Secondary School, Monaghan, for her outstanding volunteer work during the seventh annual Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards gala in Kilkenny last weekend.

 Gemma and 19 other Pramerica Spirit of Community finalists throughout Ireland received €500 and an engraved silver medallion.

 “I would like to congratulate Gemma on her achievements,” said Coleman, a clinical psychologist, broadcaster and author. “I have no doubt she will inspire others to volunteer and leave a legacy of altruism. Ireland can be proud of each of the finalists here today,” said Coleman. “I am overwhelmed by their selflessness and maturity.”

 Pramerica Systems Ireland Ltd. sponsors the Pramerica Spirit of Community programme in partnership with the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) and the General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland (GTCNI). The programme, introduced seven years ago, encourages youth volunteerism throughout Ireland, and identifies and rewards young role models.

 Caroline Faulkner, senior managing director and chief information officer at Pramerica, said, “Students such as Gemma are the future of Ireland. Their leadership skills know no bounds, but more than that, they have a deep sense of community which is what our country needs. It is my honour to congratulate Gemma and all the finalists on their achievements.”

 Gemma has been volunteering with the local Down Syndrome Group since November 2010. Every Friday night, Gemma accompanies the voluntary group, to the bowling alley in Castleblayney to compete in their weekly bowling league.

 Gemma helps supervise and assists the less mobile individuals of the group. Gemma also volunteers with ..

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