Tuesday, November 08 2022
Most colleges and universities have their graduation ceremonies in November here in Ireland. The class of 2022 is special to me because in 2021, I embarked on a journey that seemed impossible. I enrolled in two different colleges to pursue my dream. Yes, another dream! Covid-19 was still ravaging our communities and society. Mental health of so many people was deteriorating, however I became more self-aware and remained resilient. Throughout the lock- down, I woke up almost on daily basis with new ideas for acceleration. One of the ideas was to go back to college and study Journalism and professional social care. I had no clue how but I went on to research.
My passion for expression through writing and community development that birthed eDundalk in September 2012. Metro Eireann newspaper in 2009 to 2012 created an opportunity for me to work with them in advertising and reporting on social issues. I used the opportunity to create Christian column where different priests/pastors from different denominations were invited as contributors. In 2008, Dundalk Democrats supported that passion by creating a column for me to express my love for diversity and inclusion. Dundalk 97.8 FM (a Christian radio station) in 2003 hired me on a voluntary basis to present a music programme targeting the elderly and the younger generations. Today, I am a Distinction graduate of journalism from Fitzwilliam institute.
I have worked as a social care/social worker with young people, elderly and diverse groups with diverse challenges supporting them to achieve their life goals, however, the need to professionalize was imminent. On Friday 4 November 2022 I graduated in professional social care from South East Technological University. I met some amazing people along the journey who have in so many ways inspired me.