William Hay MLA given Civic Leadership Award by CRC

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In his speech William Hay MLA spoke of how humbled he was to receive the Civic Leadership Award from the Community Relations Council. He accepted it not just for himself, but for his constituency members who have lived through many difficult times. He spoke about the courageous work being done in Derry to bring resolution to difficult issues raised by parading and gave credit to those who have put in considerable time and energy and taken risks. Mr Hay said, ‘It has been a roller coaster….there’s always more to do.’ He finished by encouraging politicians to finish the journey because we’re already in a better place. That tells us we can do this. Better is to come.Image

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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photo 22The first two recipients of the Civic Leadership Award were announced – William Hay MLA & Mairtin O Mulleoir, former Lord Mayor of Belfast

Inauguration of Civic Leadership Award

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Junior Minister, Jennifer McCann, wishes the Council well for the week

Junior Minister, Jennifer McCann, wishes the Council well for the week

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photo 5Peter thanks the elected representatives and so many other who attended the launch. So many have put in the shifts to make better community relationships and build a united community.

Peter Osborne, Chair, Community Relations Council

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A great programme of events to inspire you

A great programme of events to inspire you

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Building a United Community: Community Relations Week 2014

This morning I attended the launch of Community Relations Week @The Mac, Belfast. It was one of the most encouraging and positive events I have attended in a while. Peter Osborne’s chairmanship of the Community Relations Council and of the event this morning was a lesson in how to be both inspirational and realistic. In Biblical terms, I was among, ‘a great cloud of witnesses.’

In her commentary at the beginning of the published programme the Chief Executive, Jacqueline Irwin, writes:

 

“The theme of this year’s Community Relations Week is Building a United Community, Building a united community is as urgent now as it was when the peace agreement was signed in 1998. We have plenty of examples of our capacity to slip back into animo sit and old ways of thinking. There is no room for complacency. … Community Relations Week is packed with great examples of the united community that is being built all around us right now.”

 

Time and again we are discouraged by what seems to be intractable problems and challenges. Community Relations Week provides an opportunity for us to open ourselves to new inspiration and hopefulness as we see and hear what is already going on to build united community. Our participation and consequent inspiration could help unlock many of the problems. 

Community Relations Week runs across Northern Ireland from 16-22 June and you can find the programme at http://www.community-relations.org.uk/about-us/community-relations-week-2014-16th-22nd-june/

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