21 September 2017
Sr. Veronica nominated

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SR. VERONICA NOMINATED FOR NATIONAL VOLUNTEER  AWARD  2009
BY OFFALY BRANCH OF IRISH WHEELCHAIR ASSOCIATION


A volunteer most of her life she founded the Irish Wheelchair Association’s Offaly Branch more than 45 years ago, by helping a young boy who did not want to return to school in Dublin to enrol in a local primary school. 
Sr. Veronica  has been involved in organising the wheelchair association’s social outings, holidays and Christmas parties for over 40 years.  A regular visitor to the disabled she often assists them in obtaining their entitlements, whilst attending to their physical needs.
In 1990 Sister Veronica organised fundraising activities to purchase a bus, which has since enabled disabled people to travel all over Ireland as well as to local social and community outings.  Two years ago she almost lost her sight and since her recovery she has bravely continued her extraordinary work.
Reacting to her nomination for the award, Sr. Veronica said:  “I want to pay tribute to the tremendous work being done by so many voluntary charitable organisations.  The beauty of it now is that all these are working together with the relevant statutory bodies for the good of all.  I thank my community in Tullamore and my many colleagues and friends who supported me over the years.”
Sr. Veronica Gilsenan is one of three nominees in the ‘health and disability’ category of the Ireland Involved Awards.   All 30 nominees will be honoured at a dinner hosted by the Taoiseach’s Office in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin, on November 5th.
Overall winners in each of the ten categories will be announced at the event, and President Mary McAleese will present the award for the Irish Volunteer of the Year 2009.

click here for her birthday pics last year