Picture Special - Mildred Garfield is Derry’s Woman of the Year

One of the city’s most respected politicans was named ‘Woman of the Year’ at a glitzy ceremony on Friday night in the City Hotel.

Mildred Garfield, a former Mayor and DUP councillor who now devotes her time to improving the lives of older people in the Caw and Nelson Drive areas of the city was nominated for the award by her daughter April Garfield Kidd.



For more than 20 years Mildred has been working with people with all ages and more recently working specifically with older people and providing a range of services to assist them including organizing holidays and trips and generally making their lives more enjoyable.

Paying tribute to Mildred, the Mayor Alderman Maurice Devenney said she truly deserved the accolade for the excellent work she does to help older members of the community.

“Mildred is a tireless worker for the local community, giving up her time to ensure everyone is involved in local activities and events in the Caw area,” he said.

Joanna Boyd, Women’s Officer with Derry City Council and co-ordinator of the awards, said this year was another great success with more applications than ever before and a huge level of interest across the region.

She said every effort is made to make the event inclusive to everyone with 14 different categories available so that all possible opportunities for recognition can be identified.