Finally, six months after she departed from her role as Parish Administrator, we were able to get together to present Anne with a token of our gratitude.
Obviously, it wasn’t the large gathering that would traditionally have been held but instead, Anne and Neville Taplin, Brian Brown and I met in the Parish Centre and did the presentation over Zoom. Brian spoke first about Anne’s long service in the role of Parish administrator. He acknowledged her immense contribution to the Parish and the wider community. He said there was no truth in the rumour that we delayed holding the event to give Anne an opportunity to change her mind!
Anne has given the Parish Centre over twelve years of dedicated service; she displayed total commitment and had a warm and professional manner in all her dealings. She faced many challenges over the years both personal and professional. During busy times there could be up to twenty-four activities taking place in the centre and Anne ran it all like a very large household. Like every household it is difficult to satisfy everyone’s needs but Anne was great at keeping everyone in line.
Anne also provided Parish support to the Rector and the Vestry Officers.
Brian then presented Anne with a specially commissioned painting of a view of Lambay Island from Malahide beach by artist Yvonne Moran and a cheque from donations made by friends and members of the parish.