Creggan Enterprises named as a recipient of Maurice Healy Awards

Local peacebuilding organisation Creggan Enterprises has been named as one of four community groups in Northern Ireland to receive funding through the inaugural Maurice Healy Social Justice Awards.

Friday, 29th January 2021, 9:55 am
The late Maurice Healy.

The awards were established in memory of Derry peacebuilder and social justice advocate, Maurice Healy.

The Maurice Healy Social Justice Awards have recognised projects that contribute to peacebuilding, tackle the impact of poverty and austerity measures, and/or give voice to excluded groups.

Creggan Enterprises Ltd, which works across the North West, will use the funding towards a relationship peacebuilding programme with communities in the North West, with the aim of tackling disadvantage, social injustice and inequalities.

Dawn Shackels, Director of Peacebuilding and Communities at the Community Foundation said: “These awards are such a fitting way to recognise the very sensitive and hugely impactful work that Maurice carried out.

“Maurice was a great supporter of and advocate for the work of the Community Foundation, for peacebuilding and community development. His integrity, his drive and his passion to help communities thrive was clear to see, through his work and the relationships he built across the divide both locally and internationally. He was generous to a fault, funny, kind and caring. We were all lucky to have known him and to have worked with him.”

Maurice’s parents Ann and Raymond Healy expressed their pride in Maurice’s legacy being marked by the establishment of the social justice awards.

They said that after he passed away last year “we discovered that his job involved community reconciliation and dispute resolution and that he was greatly respected by both sides for his intelligent and sensitive handling of delicate issues”.

“He was clearly respected by all as a man of integrity and discretion. Hearing all this was a source of great consolation and we were pleased that he was so well accepted. We would like to thank the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland for honouring Maurice by the initiation of these social justice awards in his name. It is wonderful that he was so well esteemed to warrant such an honour.”

The other recipients this year were EALU, Intercomm, and the National Children’s Bureau (NCB). For more on the awards see www.communityfoundationni.org/news/social-justice-awards-launched-in-memory-of-maurice/READ MORE: www.derryjournal.com/news/people/sons-tribute-maurice-healy-man-who-devoted-his-life-community-development-3064544