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Judging Panel

Each year, a shortlisting panel is convened to read through every application submitted to the Volunteer Ireland Awards. The panel is made up of representatives from Volunteer Ireland, the network of Volunteer Centres and Volunteering Information Services, Volunteer Managers and community organisations. Every application is read twice by two separate judges. Their scores are then combined to give the overall score for each nomination. The top three scoring nominations in each category are shortlisted with the highest scoring nomination as the winner. This year's shortlisting panel was made up of:

Sarah Lennon

Niamh Lacy

Amy Woods
Volunteer Ireland

Terri O' Brien
Volunteer Ireland

Sally Anne Duffy
Meath Volunteer Centre

Katherine O' Riordan
Volunteer Ireland

Darren Cannon
Volunteer Ireland

Ken Keogh
Family Carer's Ireland 

Stephan Shepperd
Anne Sullivan Centre

Kelley Hynes

Orla McAndrew

Louise Bagnall

Gerry O Connor

Following the shortlisting process, a separate judging panel is tasked with the difficult decision of deciding Ireland's Volunteer of the Year. They must read 9 nominations - the highest scoring from each category - and score them with the marking criteria. The judges marks are then added to determine the overall Volunteer of the Year. The 2016 judging panel was made up of:

Senator Colette Kelleher
CEO, Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland

Sarah Lennon
Employee Engagement | Corporate Philanthropy Manager Salesforce (Volunteer Ireland Strategic Partner)

Gary Graham
Manager, Bloom

Darragh Doyle
Social Media strategist for Irish Arts, Events, Film, Television, Theatre and Tourism

Matt Cullen
Volunteer of the Year 2015 


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