Awards Presentation was on Tuesday 07/03/2023
Highly Commended | Community Relations Council Exceptional Achievement Award (peace building)
Mary has been at the fore front of women’s issues & empowerment in Mid Ulster for 23 years. Very much an advocate for Peace, Reconciliation & the peace Agreements. She has taken many personal risks in promoting good relations in Mid Ulster. She has encouraged those in isolated and single identity & faith communities to come together. She has encouraged those that had lost loved ones during the conflict to reach out to the ‘other side’ and to understand the roots and origins of the conflict. Mary risked her own reputation in much of her work. There were those in her community that resisted this type of community work. Nevertheless Mary continued to take risks to build a better, safer more inclusive community.