Good Luck and Thanks'
Mary O'Dowd has been employed by the I.C.H.N for the past five and a half years. She began as a Professional Development Officer and finished as Executive Director. Mary incorporated into her role all aspects of leadership, advocacy, networking, practice development and research. She enhanced the I.C.H.N and all that it stands for. Her delivery of six outstanding conferences in the last five years is remarkable.
The 3rd International Conference in Galway put Community Nursing /Public Health Nursing in Ireland well on the international stage. It attracted 24 countries and over 300 delegates. Looking back it was a truly professional and momentous occasion. We had the pleasure of our Patron Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland and previous President Mary McAleese in attendence at our I.C.H.N conferences. These conferences provided a forum for all members and others to network, engage and showcase all aspects of community nursing.
Mary made many inroads into the political arena advancing the pillars of the I.C.H.N and forming alliances with many relevant departments. Her continuous commitment and drive was evident in the outcomes she achieved in this time.
I, as President of the I.C.H.N, the Council members past and present, staff past and present and I.C.H.N members are delighted to have worked with Mary during this time and extend a very big thank you. We all wish you the very best for the future.