Inspirational local leaders and carers had a lot to celebrate at the Donegal Centre for Independent Living Christmas party and awards night on Thursday.The event honoured all the people who make the organisation a truly special community.The DCIL is also marking its 20th anniversary this year, having started from humble beginnings to become one of Donegal’s largest service providers for people with disabilities. This year’s awards night saw Christopher McBrearty being honoured as Leader of the Year.A leader of the year is someone who shows great direction to their personal assistance and is a great example of living independently, having choice in their own lives and advocating for the rights of people with disabilities.Eileen Mc Kechime was also commended as the runner up for the leadership award.Leader of the year Christopher Mc Brearty pictured with DCIL CEO Rosaleen Bradley. David Faughnan PhotographyEileen Mc Kechime Runner Up pictured with her PA Georgina Montgomery. David Faughnan Photography 2PA of the Year 2019 went to Carmel Boyce, with Chris Frize named as the runner-up. PA of the Year 2019 Carmel Boyce pictured with CEO Rosaleen Bradley and DCIL Chairperson Cath Waugh and friends. David Faughnan photographyPA of the Year Runner Up Chris Frize, pictured with CEO Rosaleen Bradley and DCIL Chairperson Cath WaughDavid Faughnan photography2019 Special Recognition Awards were presented to Breda Mc Closky, Kevin Reilly, Vicky Mathews and Annemarie Mc Brearty for their outstanding contributions and dedication over the past year.2019 Special Recognition Award winner Breda McClosky. David Faughnan Photography2019 Special Recognition Award winner Kevin Reilly. David Faughnan Photography2019 Special Recognition Award winner Vicky Matthews. David Faughnan Photography2019 Special Recognition Award winner Annemarie Mc Brearty. David Faughnan PhotographyAmazing leaders and carers honoured by Donegal Centre for Independent Living was last modified: December 15th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal Centre for Independent Living
14 May 2015Ruth Segomotsi Mompati, another much loved South African struggle veteran, has died.The 89-year-old politician died in the early hours of Tuesday morning following a long illness, ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said in a statement.The party said it would would miss Mompati’s “unwavering determination in serving the nation”.“The African National Congress sends its deepest condolences to Mama Ruth Mompati’s family and friends. We thank them for having lent us this icon of the struggle of liberation of the South African people,” said Kodwa.“The ANC and South Africa as a whole has lost a towering giant and a mother to countless generations of activists. May her soul rest in everlasting peace knowing that her role in building our country’s future will never be forgotten.“As a people we owe it to her and generations before that our vision of a united, democratic, non-racial, non-sexist and prosperous society comes to pass.”President Jacob Zuma sent his condolences to Mompati’s family. “The whole nation is mourning, in particular those who worked with Mme Ruth from exile to Parliament and various structures of both the ANC and government,” he said. “We feel an immense void.”Mompati joined the struggle as a young woman and continued to serve her country until her last days.Mama Ruth, as she was known, worked as a typist for the late former president Nelson Mandela and ANC stalwart Oliver Tambo in their law practice between 1953 and 1961, during which time she joined the ANC and was elected to the National Executive Committee of the Women’s League.Mompati was involved in the Defiance Campaign and was a founding member of the Federation of SA Women. She was one of the leaders of the historic women’s march on the 9 August 1956, which is commemorated every year on Women’s Day.ExileIn 1962, Mompati went into exile where she underwent military training and held office as secretary and head of the women’s section of the ANC in Tanzania.From 1966 to 1973, Mompati remained a member of the ANC’s National Executive Committee. During this time, she also formed part of the president’s office of the ANC, also later heading ANC’s Board of Religious Affairs.In the early 1980s, Mompati served as the chief representative of the ANC in the United Kingdom. She became part of the delegation that opened talks with the South African government at Groote Schuur in 1990.One of her many career highlights included addressing the United Nations Special Committee against apartheid in New York in 1992, where she addressed the subject of women’s rights. The day was then declared an International Day of Solidarity with Women in South Africa.After South Africa’s first democratic elections, Mompati served as a Member of Parliament in 1994. Between 1996 and 2000, she was the country’s ambassador to Switzerland.On her return she became the mayor of Vryburg in the North West province and later served as an executive member of Umkontho WeSizwe Veteran’s Association.“She leaves behind a proud legacy of steadfastness, resilience and selfness for her exceptional and outstanding contribution and sacrifice to the liberation struggle,” said Kodwa.The South African Local Government Association (Salga) said it would remember Mompati as part of the leadership that established local government.“The Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District Municipality [formerly Bophirima District Municipality] in the North West, where she was born and later served as mayor, is named after her. This is also where a statue symbolising her contribution was recently unveiled.“We pledge our solidarity and convey our heartfelt condolences to the Mompati family and loved ones. We lower our banner to honour her life which she dedicated in the service of our people, and pledge to pick up the spear and redouble our efforts in advancing the quest to deepen local democracy, development and provision of quality services to our people,” said Salga, which marks its 15th anniversary this year.Read more: Statue of Ruth Mompati pays tribute to the past‘Selflessness’Mosiuoa Lekota, leader of the Congress of the People, described Mompati as “a paragon of selflessness and virtue”, likening her to Mandela.“Ruth was a mother, wife, friend, teacher, activist, warrior, negotiator, MP, diplomat, scholar, mayor and a bastion of morality. She was the complete human being,” said Lekota.“A year after the death of the great Nelson Mandela she asked publicly what she, Ruth Mompati, had done, what we had done, to move the struggle forward to achieve a better life for our people. This says all we need to say about her.”Source: SAinfo reporter, SAnews.gov and News24
The Assam government is set to release 335 people who have spent more than three years in detention centres after being declared foreigners. This follows the May 10 order of the Supreme Court to conditionally release such people lodged across six central jails – also serving as detention centres – and the Centre’s message on July 23 that the Foreigners’ (Tribunal) Order of 1964 need not be amended to proceed.Replying on behalf of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal to a question in the 126-member Assembly on Monday, Assam Industries Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary said 1,145 people declared foreigners by 100 Foreigners’ Tribunals across the State were lodged in the detention centres till July 9 this year.