Derry community worker Shauna takes up key new NI peace impact role

A well-known Derry community worker has been appointed as the new Peace Impact Programme Development Officer at the Community Foundation for NI based in Derry.

Monday, 29th March 2021, 12:58 pm

Shauna Deery will be responsible for managing the relationships with groups and projects throughout the north funded under the Peace Impact Programme.

After 18 years with Creggan Neighbourhood Partnership, during which she completed a degree in Professionalised Community Development from Ulster University, Shauna sees the role with the Foundation as a natural career progression.

She said: “Much of the work I was doing at the Partnership directly related to the Peace Impact Programme. Peacebuilding is an area that interests and excites me and is so important here, so when the opportunity came up, I knew I wanted to work with the Community Foundation. In my first week, I met all the leadership team at the Foundation to understand what they did. I’ve been so encouraged by the professionalism, the structure and the support available to me and I’m very excited about the future.”

Shauna Deery.

Dawn Shackels, Director of Peacebuilding and Communities at CFNI said: “We are delighted to welcome Shauna. We are passionate about achieving our vision for a peaceful, prosperous, shared and just society. Our mission of connecting people who care to causes that matter is making a real difference and we want to do more.

“We want a society where everyone can prosper and live in peace; we want to encourage and support those who want to give and empower the local community to effect change. We want to help communities thrive after the conflict and our work under the Peace Impact Programme and the role of Development Officer is key in helping us achieve this.”

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