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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 Work Department.

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.

 

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