A Derry woman has been named one of only three of Northern Ireland’s “Justice Champions.”
Top of the Hill community Geraldine O’Donnell was named by the Department of Justice at the Justice in the Community Awards.
The awards recognise individuals and teams, voluntary workers and staff working within community and statutory organisations across North, and two of the prestigious accolades were scooped up this year by local nominees – volunteers from the Cornerstone City Church Street Pastors team received a Highly Commended distinction for their ongoing support work within the community.
Geraldine selected for her outstanding work within interface areas.
Speaking after the announcement Cllr Stevenson said she was delighted that some of the invaluable work taking place across the city’s community areas had been recognised by the Department of Justice.
She added: “I would like to warmly congratulate both Geraldine O’Donnell and the Cornerstone City Church Street Pastors team on their achievement in winning such prestigious acknowledgement of their work in the community.
“Geraldine’s dedication to promoting good relations in the Waterside area has been invaluable in finding lasting solutions to problems in interface areas, and forging links between communities. Geraldine is more than deserving of the title of Justice Champion for her commitment and service to the people of this city.”
Cllr Stevenson concluded: “And I would like to acknowledge the dedication of the Cornerstone City Church Street Pastors team who devote their time every Friday night to distributing free tea, coffee and soup as a community safety initiative to late night revellers and those in need at Shipquay Street and Altnagelvin.”Tags: