Lucan native is honoured for ‘tireless work’ for IWA

by Mark O'Brien
John Conroy, Lucan, Dublin accepts the 'Service Volunteer of the Year award' from Rosemary Keogh, CEO, IWA at the Irish Wheelchair Association annual conference in The INEC, Killarney at the weekend.

A kind-hearted Lucan native has received a national award recognising his tireless work for the Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA).
John Conroy was presented with the “Service Volunteer of the Year Award” at the IWA’s Volunteer Awards at the INEC in Killarney last week.
The awards allow IWA members, service users, staff and supporters the opportunity to show their appreciation for all that IWA’s 2,000 registered volunteers contribute to the organisation.
John was nominated by staff and members of IWA who attend the resource and outreach centre on a weekly basis.
Speaking about his nomination, IWA service coordinator in Lucan, Ciaran McLoughlin said: “John Conroy is known to all his friends in IWA as a quiet and unassuming, good humoured gentleman always willing to assist members, volunteers and staff.
“Not alone does he volunteer driving the IWA accessible bus which collects members from their homes in Lucan and the surrounding areas, he has also built flower beds for members’ garden projects and was responsible for the recent facelift of the IWA Lucan centre.
“His ability to make people smile has a real impact and he contributes, in no small part, to building a centre and culture that is warm, welcome and full of laughter.”
Rosemary Keogh, CEO of IWA presented John with his award and also paid tribute to his tireless work for the organisation.
“Every year we ask our members and staff to nominate people and organisations that they felt should be awarded for their voluntary contribution,” she said.
“John Conroy was recognised for his dedication and enthusiasm and we were delighted to present him with the Service Volunteer of the Year Award 2017.”
The IWA is Ireland’s leading representative organisation and service providers for people with physical disabilities.
They advocate for the needs of people with physical disabilities and provide services and support to over 20,000 members in their homes and communities throughout Ireland every year.
They are currently seeking volunteers to support the range of services they provide to people with disabilities in local communities.
To enquire about local volunteering opportunities in your local area please call: 01 630 2414 or email [email protected]

Related Articles