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Lurgan teacher named NASUWT young activist of the year

Claire Connolly was presented with her award at the NASUWT annual conference

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A SCIENCE teacher from Craigavon Senior High School in Lurgan has been named the NASUWT Eamonn O'Kane Young Activist of the Year.

Claire Connolly (29), was presented with her award in Birmingham at the NASUWT annual conference.

The award is given annually to an outstanding NASUWT activist aged under 30, in memory of the late general secretary Eamonn O'Kane.

Ms Connolly is active in her local association and a member of the union's Northern Ireland Executive Council. She helps coordinate regular school meetings and arranges union speakers to advise on training in her school.

The conference heard she had been a role model, particularly for younger members starting out their careers.

"Claire has demonstrated tremendous commitment to the NASUWT and to supporting her colleagues, both in her own school and across Armagh," said NASUWT general secretary Chris Keates.

"She is an example of the tremendous difference which our lay activists are making every day to the lives of their teaching colleagues. Young teachers are not only the future of the profession; they are the future of the trade union movement."

Ms Connolly said she hoped her award would encourage other young teachers to get involved with the union.

"My work with the union has made me feel more confident and assertive in the workplace and I hope to continue to recruit more teachers to join the NASUWT," she said.

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