31 March 2017 No Comments by The Northern Standard

In recognition of the exemplary work he carries out in his local community, Castleblayney College student Bartek Karpinski has been honoured at the 2017 Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards gala awards’ ceremony, held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Dublin.

The only all-Ireland youth initiative of its kind, the Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards programme recognises young people for their motivation, service and impact on their local community.

As a 2017 finalist, Bartek was selected for the honour from amongst hundreds of youth volunteers from across the island of Ireland and received €500 and a silver medallion, presented by Irish International rugby player Jordi Murphy.

Bartek is a sixth year student at Castleblayney College. His personal experience of immigration in Ireland led him to work within his own community to change the approach of people towards non-nationals arriving and living in the country.

Arriving in Ireland from Poland with his family 10 years ago and with limited knowledge and little English proficiency. Bartek bravely committed to after-school activities and the local GAA club in order to improve his English, make friends and settle in with his new community.

He believes he can lead by example for younger generations who may be struggling in similar situations and ‘being different’. Bartek takes part in a number of volunteering activities, most notably with the Castleblayney Enterprise Centre for…

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