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 Isobel Twynam Holmes graduated from Queen’s University Belfast with Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and later did a Diploma in Advanced Studies in Education in Counselling and Guidance with the University of Ulster.  At retirement she was Senior House Mistress, taught Chemistry and co- ordinated Careers Education in the Royal School Dungannon .Isobel was very involved in the Northern Ireland Schools Careers’ Association ((NISCA) and served it as Treasurer and Chairman.In1991 it awarded her life membership in recognition of the service she had given it. During that time she served the Northern Ireland Branch of Assistant Masters and Mistresses Association ( later became Association of Teachers and Lecturers ) as honorary Secretary ,President and representative on its National Executive committee. After retirement from teaching she worked for ATL as Northern Ireland Field Officer. Since retirement she has served on the Boards of Governors of several schools and on the Governing Body of East Tyrone Further and Higher Education College.
In 1995 Isobel was awarded a MBE for services to visually impaired people.This service was and continues to be through work for Talking Newspapers  both at local and provincial level.
Isobel enjoyed representing Dungannon Standing Conference of Women’s Organizations on Women’s Forum from 1972 to 1998. During that time she served the Forum as Chairman from 1977 to 1980 and later as Treasurer.  In 1999 Women’s Forum made her its first honorary member. She was co-editor of the booklet Women in Harmony Achieving Change, which is the story of the formation and development of Women’s Forum Northern Ireland.
Isobel’s interest in women’s and service organizations arose from her membership of Soroptimist International to which she has belonged for over 40 years. During this time she has served in many offices at club and regional level. At regional level these have included President, Treasurer ( on two occasions ) Extension and Membership Officer, and Northern Ireland representative on Federation Executive and Programme Action Committees. She was also Education Adviser for the Federation of Great Britain and Ireland .In May 2011 she was made an honorary member of the Northern Ireland Region.
Through her work at Soroptimist club level Isobel was involved in setting up Dungannon
 Standing Conference of Women’s Organizations and Dungannon Talking Newspaper. She is involved in many aspects of the life of the Church of Ireland both at parish and diocesan level and until 2005 was a member of its General Synod. In 1995 she was approached about setting up a branch of United Nations Development Fund for Women    ( UNIFEM) . This materialized and she was Secretary for six years and later became the Northern Ireland representative on the UNIFEM UK Board.  .In 2001, her local Borough Council awarded her a certificate in recognition of outstanding contribution in the field of community and voluntary work in the Borough .In 2008 she was the recipient of    Maundy money from the Queen. This is given for service to the community and to the Church.
Other work with which Isobel is involved at local level is Home Accident Prevention, Home-Start, Willowbank Resource Centre, and a Child Contact Centre.





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