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EHAI Awards Night

(09 Apr 2015)

The EHAI hosted a very successful John Shelly Bursary and Awards night on the 5th December last. 

John Shelly Bursary

After due deliberation, the Central Council decided to award the bursary for 2014 to Barnardos Loughlinstown Child and Family Centre.  Emma Jane Nulty who accepted the award on behalf of Barnardos, spoke movingly on the good work accomplished in the community by Barnardos.  Some of the ways we help mothers, fathers, carers and children include:

Ensuring children have a positive experience of childhood Supporting children to have a sense of their own abilities
Encouraging children to develop positive relationships with their peers and adults
Helping communication and relationships between parents/carers and their children
Supporting children and parents/carers to build confidence and self-esteem
Supporting children to be active learners and active thinkers Helping children to develop positive social skills
Helping children to understand and express their emotions appropriately and
Enabling and supporting children to reach their developmental milestones.

In particular the bursary will be used to upgrade a safe soft outdoor play area for children who use the services.  The EHAI were delighted to award the bursary for this very worthy cause.

 EHAI Awards

Outstanding Contribution to Environmental Health

The winner of “Outstanding Contribution to Environmental Health Award” was Maurice Mulcahy. Maurice (PhD, MSc, CFCIEH, MEHAI, CMIOSH) is a Chief of Environmental Health Services for nine counties in the West of Ireland.  He is also an adjunct Lecturer at the Ryan Institute, Health through Environment Centre at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Maurice was presented with the award for the exceptional research carried out in the area of tobacco control, in particular for the award winning indoor air quality research which provided the foundation for the historic Irish smoking ban. 

Con Healy Medal

The winner of the Con Healy Medal for “Environmental Health Professional of the Year” was Marie McCaffrey

Marie McCaffrey is an Environmental Health Officer with over fifteen years experience in the field.  She was awarded the Con Healy Medal for her demonstration of excellence in professional practice and in particular for her groundbreaking research in the area of tobacco control.  She achieved her Doctorate from Dublin Institute of Technology in 2011 for her study into the effectiveness of the Public Health (Tobacco) Act 2002.

Fellowship of the EHAI

 

Finally, and last but not least, a fellowship of the EHAI was awarded to Jennifer Shorten EHO.  Although all awards presented on the night were very special, this award was extra special, being as it was presented to an outstanding and unsung (until now) member of the EHAI.

Jenifer was one of the longest standing members of the EHAI officer board.  She has been involved in leading on 2 major revisions of our main income stream the food safety course firstly in 2007 and then again in 2009/2010

She has organised 4 training seminars for our trainers –

2009 in Heraghty House, Bray, Co. Wicklow
2010 Victory Centre Tallaght, Dublin 24
2011 Jury’s IFSC, Dublin 1. 
2012 n the Ashling Hotel, Dublin 8.

She has secured the contract with Highfield UK for a joint venture in producing a new DVD which was shot on location in Dublin and the UK along with a major overhaul of the course and the introduction of course material training aids and posters which was launched in November 2010.

In 2009, she undertook the FETAC application process which grew into a monumental task as a complete quality management system had to be designed documented and implemented by EHAI. Following a visit from the FETAC Assessor to Heraghty House in June 2011 FETAC accreditation was granted to EHAI on the 18th July 2011 with the quality assurance parchment being presented in October 2011. Not one to rest on her laurels, she immediately got on with the next cumbersome process – applying for the EHAI course to be validated by FETAC which was successful in June 2012.

All agreed on the night that we could not have awarded the fellowship to anyone less worthy. 



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