On Thursday last, October 12th we celebrated Certification Day 2017 in the Glasshouse Hotel. The event was a tremendous success with many special moments acknowledging the wonderful achievements of 46 learners. Among the certificates awarded were 24 QQI Major Awards at level 3 on the National Framework of Qualifications. In addition a significant number of QQI component awards, ECDL and Safe Food for Life certificates were presented. The ceremony was opened by Chairperson Michael Glennon, who introduced key speakers Mayor, Cllr Hubert Keaney and Shaun Purcell, CEO MSLETB both of whom made inspiring speeches. Local employers Adam McLoughlin, Leisure Centre Supervisor, Clayton Hotel and Sophia McLoughlin Kennedy, Garden Centre Supervisor, Homeland spoke about their involvement with the link work programme. Some very brave past and present learners then took to the podium to share their experiences in the CTC with the audience. Well done; Courtney Downes, Philip Kilcullen, Kathleen Ward and Sanita Bruzite for your honest and inspiring accounts. Mary Forte, Community Relations Manager, Northwest Hospice gratefully accepted fundraising proceeds and spoke about the valuable work this contributes to. Fr Pat Lombard, Spiritual Director, St Vincent De Paul Society introduced and presented Youth for Justice Certificates to trainees involved in The Globe House Shoe Box and Food Appeals. Gaisce Bronze Awards were presented by Mary Yore, Development Officer, Gaisce to this year’s successful candidates. To mark the exceptional health promoting efforts of the centre with have resulted in our retention of the Gold Health Quality Mark, Colleen Fahey, National Youth Health Programme, NYCI introduced and presented the Gold Award Plaque. A highlight of the ceremony was the presentation of the Personal Achievement Award by Michael Glennon to this year’s worthy recipient Cori Gorevan. The ceremony was closed by General Manager Gavin Dykes who took the opportunity to congratulate the trainees on their success. Following the ceremony everyone had a chance to relax and mingle while enjoying some nice refreshments and some delicious cake!