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Christine Buckley Volunteer of The Year


Every year one truly exceptional volunteer is named Christine Buckley Volunteer of the Year.

This award is named in memory of Christine Buckley, who sadly passed away in March 2014. As a co-founder of C.L.G. Christine Buckley Centre for Education and Support for Survivors of Institutional Abuse, Christine campaigned tirelessly on behalf of victims of institutional abuse for more than 25 years. Christine was Ireland’s Volunteer of the Year in 2009 and went on to be presented with the award for ‘European Volunteer of the Year’ at the European Parliament in Strasbourg the same year.

Christine was the embodiment of the Irish spirit of unpaid vocational volunteering. Christine gave so much of herself to help and support others without financial reward, which is why we have dedicated our highest award in her honour. Since 2014, the overall Volunteer Ireland Award has been known as the Christine Buckley Volunteer of the Year Award.

Christine devoted 100% of her time voluntarily to the centre supporting all those who had been through similar Institutional Abuse experiences. As a former qualified nurse Christine campaigned tirelessly on behalf of helping to heal the suffering of survivors of abuse for over 25 years. In 1999, Christine Buckley founded the Aislinn Centre Education and Support for Survivors of Institutional Abuse, with fellow survivor Carmel McDonnell Byrne. The charity centre is based at Jervis House and continues to offer free supports to all abuse survivors and their relatives including Mother & Baby homes, County homes, Magdalene laundries and former asylums and institutions, through therapies support, counselling and education.

Christine was selected as overall European Volunteer of the Year in 2009, the same year she won the Volunteer of the Year award (Social Work category) from Volunteer Ireland.  She also received an honorary Doctorate of Laws from Trinity College Dublin in 2012.  Sadly, Christine passed away from 30 year battle with cancer in early 2014 at the age of just 67.

Christine’s charity has since been re-named in her honour. The centre at Jervis House is re-registered as charity C.L.G. Christine Buckley Centre for Education and Support for Survivors of Institutional Abuse.