Citation for Marion Gibson Winner in our Health Category and overall
winner of the Iris Colvin Lifetime Achievement Award
Marion began her distinguished career as a nurse in the
Royal Victoria Hospital and she went on to work in the hospital Medical Social
She later trained as a Social Worker and, as part of her
training, she spent time in a Psychiatric Hospital in America where her work
included direct support to those affected by the aftermath of the Vietnam
War. Her further training included
a Trauma course with the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation
based in Baltimore and she has continued as an approved instructor of their
models of response.
She is currently a consultant in Psychological Trauma
Management. In 2012 she became an Independent Consultant
to the International Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme. She has worked with and supported
a number of voluntary and public bodies in Northern Ireland and gives freely of
her time to help others. Her
commitment and dedication to her work is an inspiration to many who have been
helped by her work.
Marion is Chair of the Northern Ireland Music Therapy Trust
and has been a dedicated supporter of the Red Cross here and further afield. The British Red Cross awarded her their
Badge of Honour for her distinguished and invaluable service throughout so many
traumatic and critical incidents in our time.
Queens University recognised her work post Tsunami by
appointing her Graduate of the year in 2005 and in 2008 she was Belfast
Telegraph Woman of the Year for setting up Project 100, an inspirational scheme
to provide scholarships to educate post genocide students in Rwanda and which
has been supported by QUB Womens Graduates Association with £20,000 being
raised. Marion has personally
visited every recipient of the Fund.
She was also President of the Irish Federation of University Women from
2013 – 2016.
In 2009 she was awarded the
International Critical Incident Stress Foundation
Founders award for Excellence
and Innovation in the field of Trauma Response. From supporting, over many years, the
community in the aftermath of Dunblane to helping those affected by the London
bombings, from the tragic scenes of the Tsunami to assisting the Irish
Government with its progamme to compensate the victims of clerical abuse Marion
has been ‘on call’ throughout, and in making her the Recipient of the first
Iris Colvin Lifetime Achievement Award we honour a woman of dedication and inspiration.