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Luke Donnelly, a 26 year-old music teacher at Catmose College in Rutland, has been named the NASUWT Eamonn O’Kane Young Activist of the Year 2019.

Luke was presented with his award today in Belfast 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.

Luke has transformed the previously moribund NASUWT Rutland Local Association, increasing its membership and recruiting workplace representatives in all its schools.

He has coordinated regular meetings for members in the Local Association and improved communications to ensure teachers have a platform to network and get support on workplace issues.

Luke has also helped to organise Pride events in the East Midlands and helped establish a regional equalities conference for NASUWT members.

Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:

“Luke is an example of the huge difference NASUWT lay activists are making every day to improve the working lives of their colleagues.

“The award is recognition of the time, effort and energy Luke has put in to transform Rutland into a thriving Association and his successful work to encourage more teachers to become active within the union.  

“The NASUWT is only as strong as its members and it is thanks to the work of people like Luke that as we celebrate our 100th year we can look to the future with confidence.”

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