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Claire Connolly, a 29 year-old science teacher, at Craigavon Senior High School in Lurgan, has been named the NASUWT Eamonn O’Kane Young Activist of the Year 2018.
 
Claire was presented with her award today in Birmingham at the Annual Conference of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union.
 
The award is given annually to an outstanding NASUWT activist aged under 30, in memory of the late NASUWT General Secretary Eamonn O’Kane.
 
Claire has helped ensure that the NASUWT is thriving in her workplace, meaning the majority of teachers at Craigavon are NASUWT members.
 
She has been active in her local association and is a member of the Northern Ireland Executive Council of the NASUWT.
 
She helps to coordinate regular school meetings and arranges union speakers to advise on training in her school and has been a role model, particularly for younger members starting out in their teaching careers.
 
Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:
 
“Claire has demonstrated tremendous commitment to the NASUWT and to supporting her colleagues, both in her own school and across Armagh.
 
“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.
 
“The NASUWT is delighted to be able to formally recognise Claire’s contribution by presenting her with this award.”
 
Claire said:  
“I am delighted that my work has been recognised by the NASUWT and I hope it encourages 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.”
 

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