Champion Community Volunteer Category:
A Lifetime Of Community Work By Cobh's
Sr. Emmanuel Leonard
The concept of Champion Community Volunteers Of Ireland at The All Ireland Hall Of Fame Online Gallery is truly mirrored by the lifestory of a Co. Cork nun, Sr. Emmanuel Leonard, who has devoted her entire life to the care, welfare and education of Cobh children and youths for over 50 years.
The contributions to general and religious education in Cobh in a period spaning from her maiden 1952 voyage to Cobh, right up to the present time of 2016, are of immense proportions. Her contributions to the general and family welfare of Cobh citizens is equally renowned in the Great Island of Cobh.
At this time in 2016 (just a sprightly 81 years old) this lady has a zest for total living of every minute of her daily life that is a joy to behold and witness. She is surely the Rock of Cobh to all who have crossed her pathway.
The only publicity she will court are projects that will prosper her pioneering work with Cobh Youth Services and other ancillary projects blessed with her participation.
· Native of Grange, Killavullen, near Mallow, Co. Cork.
· Born 19th March 1934 in St. Anne’s Nursing Home, Fermoy, Co. Cork
· Attended primary school at Grange, One Teacher’s School and secondary school, at Crosshaven as a boarder.
· Entered the Mercy Order of nuns on 24th September
· 1952 arrived at The Mount St. Mary’s, Cobh
· First Profession 23rd April 1955 and then joined The Mercy Community in Cobh
· 1957/58 – Went to Primary Teachers Training College at Carysfort Park, Blackrock, Dublin
· Appointed to the staff of St. Mary’s Primary School, Cobh from 1958 to 1985
· 1985 – 1990 –Secunded to Adult Faith Development in Cloyne diocese, Co. Cork
· Appointed Director of Adult Faith Development in Cloyne Diocese in 1990 by the then Bishop of Cloyne Bishop John Aherne. Spent a total of 29 years working in this area.
· Convent of Mercy Community Employment Scheme with Fás Training Projects for Cobh people to expand career capabilities and secure employment for Cobh people.
· One of the Founder members of Cobh No Name Club
· One of the Founder members of Cobh Youth Services which enables children and teenagers to study and relax after school in a safe environment and to develop their skills in different projects.
· In the vacated St. Mary’s Secondary School, with the help of the Mercy Sisters she set up the Prayer and Pastoral Centre. For twenty seven years this facility has been a centre of welcome, hospitality and enablement.
· Services such as, Counselling, Money Advice and Budgeting, Computer Training Courses, Back to Work Courses, Cookery Courses, Parenting Courses, Adult Faith Development Courses and Child Care are all readily available and at affordable cost.
In her adopted Cobh since the 1950’s Sr. Emmanuel is a pillar of community activity and represents all the essential hallmarks associated with Champion Community Volunteers.
In recognition of Sr. Emmanuel’s major voluntary contributions to the citizens of Cobh, in October 2015 a special committee organised a LifeTime Tribute Show to recognise and appreciate the outstanding contributions of Sr. Emmanuel, an award she was proud to accept from the people she knew best of all.