In 1999, Christine Buckley founded the Aislinn Centre with her friend Carmel McDonnell Byrne. The centre assists abuse survivors and their families through therapy, counselling and education. She devoted much of her time to the centre supporting those who had been through similar experiences to her own. She campaigned tirelessly on behalf of victims of abuse for over 25 years.

Christine was selected as European Volunteer of the Year in 2009, the same year she won the Volunteer of the Year award from Volunteer Ireland. She also received an honorary doctorate of laws from Trinity College in 2012. Sadly, Christine passed away from cancer in early 2014 at the age of just 67.

Christine Buckley was the embodiment of the Irish spirit.

She gave so much of herself to help and support others 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.