Counting Down to 2013 Community Relations Award
The groundbreaking and courageous peace building work undertaken by community leaders across Northern Ireland is recognised annually in the Community Relations Award for Exceptional Achievement.
The Community Relations Council (CRC) are making a final call for community and voluntary organisations and public bodies to identify those exceptional individuals who have reached out to grow relationships across communities and nominate them for the 2013 award by Monday April 22.
The 2012 winner was East Belfast youth worker Paul McCrory, a founder member of Short Strand Community Forum who was centrally involved in managing community tensions on the interfaces of East Belfast just a week after donating a kidney to his ill son.
Paul received the award for his outstanding, sustained and long-term commitment to community relations work over more than two decades. He has primarily been involved in working with young people in the Short Strand area to build relationships across the interfaces, and is also manager of The Doyle Youth Club in the area.
The inaugural award was presented in 2006 to Eamonn Deane, Director of the Holywell Trust who was central to the establishment of the Bogside Community Association in the early 70’s.
The Award celebrates community relations work which includes promoting trust and interdependence, challenging sectarianism, racism and violence, and supporting inter-cultural relations reflecting Northern Ireland’s increasingly diverse society.
Nominations which should be for individuals, not organisations, can be made by completing a nomination form downloaded from the CRC website www.nicrc.org.uk and returned to CRC by 4.30 pm on Monday April 22.
The Award will be presented during Community Relations Week at a special event to be held at Parliament Buildings on Wednesday May 23.
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