A Warm Welcome to Our New Justice Officer

 

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We would like to extend a warm welcome to the new OLA Justice Officer, John McGeady, and wish him all the best in his position.  John will be in contact over the next few weeks to tell you all more about the exciting projects he will be working on.  He is based at our provincial office in Cork, but I'm sure he'll soon have the opportunity to travel and meet you all.

Here John share's a little about himself:

"My name is John McGeady and I am the Justice Officer with OLA Ireland. I come from Dunlewey in the gaeltacht parish of Gaoth Dobhair in northwest of County Donegal where I went to school in Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair. I attended NUI Galway and studied for a BA in English and History and then an MA in Culture and Colonialism. During my time in university I became increasingly interested in issues surrounding poverty and global injustice and had the opportunity to volunteer overseas in South Africa and Mozambique in 2008 and in the Philippines in 2009.

When I graduated I began working for the overseas development and volunteering organisation SERVE based first in Cork and then Belfast. My work with SERVE was quite varied and involved assisting with their overseas volunteering programme, formulation of policy, the creation of global youth work resources and much more. I was also given the opportunity to participate on the Brazil volunteer project in July 2011 and to undertake research in South Africa in 2013.

I then decided it was time for a change of scene and moved to the United Arab Emirates. I began teaching in an international secondary school in the small town of Ruwais outside Abu Dhabi between 2013 and 2017, and then in a sister school in Dubai until 2018. Having spent five years in the Gulf I decided it was time to move back to Ireland and also to return to the sector in which I had been involved prior to leaving. This brought me into contact with the Sisters of Our lady of Apostles and my role as Justice Officer.

In this role I hope to work with the sisters to bring issues of justice, peace and integrity of creation into the public awareness and advocate for change for the better. I believe that when people are made aware of unfairness, cruelty and wrongdoing that they may not have considered too closely before they will try to address that injustice if given the means. The Sisters of Our Lady of Apostles can bring their keen sense of justice to shine a light on these issues and give people the opportunity to act justly. In particular I hope, with the sisters and in the communities that they serve, to identify the injustices that exist and challenge them at the source.

Outside of work I love to travel and explore new cultures when I get the opportunity. Most weekday evening however do not permit one to visit Riga or Baku, so I confine myself to more conventional pastimes: I enjoy reading about history, keeping up to date with politics and current affairs, reading fiction and watching movies, and trying my hand at a little creative writing and artwork."