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Anna Toner attending the annual Euroscola event at the European Parliament, Strasbourg - View Full Size Image
Anna Toner attending the annual Euroscola event at the European Parliament, Strasbourg
Anna Toner pictured in the European Parliament, Strasbourg at the Euroscola event - View Full Size Image
Anna Toner pictured in the European Parliament, Strasbourg at the Euroscola event
Anna Toner pictured at the EU Office, Dublin during the Rotary Youth Leadership Development Award week - View Full Size Image
Anna Toner pictured at the EU Office, Dublin during the Rotary Youth Leadership Development Award week
Irish Rotary Youth Leadership Development Award winners 2019-2020 at the EU Office, Dublin - View Full Size Image
Irish Rotary Youth Leadership Development Award winners 2019-2020 at the EU Office, Dublin
10/02/2020 ROTARY YOUTH LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT AWARD

In November, Loreto College student Anna Toner (Year 13) was selected as one of three representatives from the North East area for the Rotary Youth Leadership Development Award. As one of 24 representatives from Ireland, Anna spent the first week of February exploring leadership and government in Belfast, Dublin and Strasbourg.

Having visited Stormont and the Titanic Centre in Belfast, the group then visited Dail Eireann and the EU Office in Dublin, where they met one of the Ambassadors, James Templesmith, and were presented with their Youth Leaders of the Year 2020 awards.

The group then travelled to Strasbourg, where as well as seeing famous sights such as the Cathedral, they spent a day at the European Parliament at the annual Euroscola event. Over 20 countries were in attendance at this event; Anna and her colleagues listened to various speakers and took part in a question time session. They were then placed in groups, made up of representatives of each country, to discuss solutions and motions to a range of current topics. Each group had a spokesperson, who represented the group in subsequent in the Parliament itself. For the first time ever, everyone from each of the six separate groups voted for the Irish representatives to be the spokespersons, so for the first time in history there was an all Irish panel, when the time came for delegates to vote on whether each motion would be passed.

Anna thoroughly enjoyed her week as a Youth Leadership representative, and paid tribute to the Coleraine chapter of Rotary International Ireland who had put her forward for the experience.  Loreto College Principal Mr Michael James congratulated Anna on her participation in such a prestigious event, representing the College and the region at such a high level.