Thursday 6th November, 2014Former St. Macartans Student Peader O'Lamhna will represent Ireland
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Peader O’ Lamhna was elected as Ireland's Emerging Leader Representative at International Gold Event in Cheonan, South Korea.

Tweeting about his election from the event, Irish Gold Award holder Peadar O'Lamhna said: “Thrilled to have been elected as an International Council Rep for @intaward for the next 3 years #IGESeoul.”

Peadar, who is also an Award Leader and an active volunteer within the Award in Ireland (where it is known as Gaisce), said attending the IGE had given him a valuable insight into how the Award can be used by organisations globally as a tool for non-formal education.

"Meeting Gold Award holders from around the world has shown me how the Award operates in other countries and how Gold Award holders can continue to be involved. The IGE has given me a fresh perspective on how to help grow the Award in Ireland by sharing the ideas of Gold Award holders internationally. In Korea, I saw first-hand how the Award can be introduced to new organisations that actively strive to educate young people through non-formal educational methods."

Proud to have been elected, Peadar added: “When I was first introduced to the concept of Gaisce by my maths teacher seven years ago, I never dreamt that one day I would be a Gold Award holder representing my country at IGE, but also an Emerging Leader, representing my region on the International Council. You never know where your Award journey will take you when you first sign up.”

Peadar will now sit on the International Council (IC) alongside national directors and chairs of The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award (the Award) and act on behalf of members of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Association (IAA).

Well Done Peader from all at St. Macartans. Best of Luck with it all.

To read more: http://www.intaward.org/news/emerging-leader-representatives-elected-international-gold-event-korea