The Rotary Club of Enniskillen recently hosted one of seven regional finals of the Rotary Youth Leadership Development Competition, with two successful applicants receiving places on a team-building trip to Belfast and Dublin.
The Youth Leadership Development Competition is one of Rotary Club of Ireland’s longest running youth projects, which rewards young people with demonstrated leadership potential based on their extra-curricular activities.
Five nominees from across the region, including the Rotary Clubs of Enniskillen, Sligo, Derry-Londonderry, Strabane and Lifford, took part in the regional final at the Killyhevlin Hotel in Enniskillen on Monday 17 January.
“These are students who have gone through a selection process in each of their fields,” said Heather Ellis, Rotary Enniskillen youth president.
On how the selection process for the Regional Finals went, Heather said: “We approached a number of local schools and asked if they would like to be involved in the selection process.
“We then contacted the teachers and they proposed candidates. We placed a panel of three Rotarians in each of the schools to interview the students.
“The academic standard was really high and I think the students were really excited to have the experience of being interviewed at a reasonably high standard,” she said, noting that they had received nominations from St Michael’s College, Enniskillen Royal. High School, Mount Lourdes and St. Fanchea’s College.
“The successful candidate at school level was offered to be interviewed again at club level,” said Heather, who went on to explain that the successful candidate at club level then moved on to regional level.
“We had a panel of three people who interviewed regionally the other night; it was Anne Beattie, John Treacy and Harry McConkey,” Heather said.
“The two winners from our particular area were Eilidh O’Connor from the Derry-Londonderry Club and Adrienne Gallen, who comes from a school in Donegal,” she told this newspaper.
The other three candidates who were interviewed by the panel on the evening included Eve Callaghan of Loreto, Co. Leitrim; Kayla McGowan, from Coola, County Sligo; and Anna Toal of Mount Lourdes, Enniskillen.
Speaking about her positive experience of the competition, Anna – who was the Rotary Club of Enniskillen nominee – said: “The overall experience has been so rewarding and I will truly cherish all the skills I have developed over this period.
She then thanked the Rotary Club of Enniskillen for their invaluable help and guidance.
The two successful applicants, Eilidh and Adrienne, will join other regional winners from across the island of Ireland to attend a six-day team building trip which begins in Belfast where they will visit the Titanic Centre, take part in a tour of Stormont and meet local politicians and business leaders.
They will then travel to Dublin where they will be invited to an information seminar and lunch organized by the staff of the offices of the European Parliament. It will be followed by a visit to Dail Eireann and further meetings with politicians.