Tena Quigley Community Hero August 2015
Tena Quigley a native of Ard Mac Carron, Ballybofey first got involved in community work over 20 years ago when she took on the role of development of a ladies soccer in the Finn Valley area. During this time Tena developed teams age
ranging from under 10’s upwards to adult ladies. This involved a commitment of four nights per week training and then attending matches every Saturday and Sunday morning. She undertook this role while working full time in Abbott Laboratories in Donegal town so there was not much in the way of spare time as Tena was also Shop Stewart in Abbotts for over twenty years.
Not content with just that commitment Tena also joined Cursillo in 1993 and has been an active member ever since and made lifelong friends through this group which meet a few times a year in Ards Friary. Tena also undertook to become a member of the secretariat for this group which involves regular meetings to plan and organise events. She states that the Cursillo weekend is one of the very best weekends she has ever been on and would encourage others to try it.
When Living Links started in Tipperary in 2002 it was recognised that Donegal needed this type of service and in 2008 Tena joined the Donegal branch of Living Links as a volunteer but soon became the coordinator for County Donegal as well as being the Chairperson for the Living Links organisation nationally. The ethos of the Living Links organisation is to provide a listening ear for those affected by suicide. Tena’s role involves a monthly meetings at a national level as well as providing court accompaniment for family members who attend inquests and running a support group for families who have been bereaved by suicide on a monthly basis in the Family Enrichment Centre. Members of the group are also required to undertake ongoing training in a range of different skills that enable them to provide much needed support when required. As chairperson Tena is involved at a national level in trying to connect with other supportive organisations and build links with statutory organisations to improve services and promote positive mental health in communities.
Tena continues her work with the Finn Valley Ladies soccer and to this end she is also Chairperson of Donegal Women’s League. Due to the downturn in Ireland many of the senior teams lost members due to emigration and have ceased to exist but working from underage teams upwards there are plans to develop the older age ranges again as there seems to be an appetite for this and with the development in the younger levels there will be players coming up through the ranks. Tena states that training is always on every Monday and Friday from 5.30-7pm in the Finn Valley Centre and everyone is welcome. With the winter astro league about to begin in September/October for the club Tena is confident that the future of ladies football in the Finn Valley area is on the way up.
All in all Tena is an extremely busy person and it’s fair to say she goes the extra mile for her community. We would like to wish her the very best in her future endeavours and continued success in her many roles.
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