The EHAI hosted a very successful John Shelly Bursary and Awards night on the 4th December last.
John Shelly Bursary
After due deliberation, the Central Council decided to award the bursary for 2015 to two charities.
ZAMDA is an Irish Zambian Aid Project. It is dedicated to providing direct and effective aid to a number of projects in and around the city of Kabwe in Zambia, the main priority being to support “Sables”, a centre for Kabwe’s street children. Sables is a centre for the most vulnerable children in Kabwe; it offers food, clothing, medical care, emergency overnight accommodation, counseling, education and vocational training for over eighty O.V.C.s (orphaned and vulnerable children).
€1,800 (being the amount sought) was awarded to ZAMDA. ZAMDA was nominated by John Cody and submitted by the Eastern Branch of the EHAI.
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL OZANAM HOUSE
St Vincent de Paul Ozanam House is a community project operated by the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, based on Mountjoy Square in Dublins North Inner City. It provides members of the local community with a vital stepping-stone to learning and development, safety and encouragement.
€3,200 was awarded to St. Vincent de Paul Ozanam House. The charity was nominated by Caitriona Stack and submitted by the North Eastern Branch of the EHAI
Outstanding Contribution to Environmental Health
This year the Environmental Health Association of Ireland (the EHAI) are delighted to award the Excellence Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Environmental Health to the Irish architect Duncan Stewart. Throughout his career, Duncan has campaigned tirelessly on environmental issues, particularly those relating to the built environment. He has been an ambassador for sustainable communities, environmentally conscious construction, energy conservation, climate change, waste crime, eco-tourism, biodiversity, farming, sustainability, sustainable transport, energy and water quality. Each impassioned debate delivered by Duncan has been informed by a staggering depth of knowledge and a personable, rational presentation.
Con Healy Medal
The winner of the Con Healy Medal for “Environmental Health Professional of the Year” was Siobhan McEvoy
Siobhan McEvoy is the Chief Environmental Health Officer in the Department of Health.
Siobhan McEvoy has been pivotal in embedding environmental health as fundamental to the improvement of health and wellbeing in Ireland. Siobhan has worked in the Department of Health as Deputy Chief EHO and Chief EHO for almost 20 years and during this time she has worked tirelessly and unobtrusively to promote the environmental health profession. She is highly respected within the profession for her breadth of knowledge on environmental health. Siobhan has been to the fore front in recognising the broader remit of Environmental Health in enhancing the health and wellbeing of the population. Siobhan has worked on a number of key initiatives over the past number of years, which have resulted in new and innovative legislation with the Environmental Health Service taking the lead in compliance building and enforcement in these areas new to the profession. She is a most worthy recipient of the Con Healy Medal.