Karen Glass, from the Irish Wheelchair Association Shop in Ardee, was named the Charity Shop Manager of the Year, on Thursday afternoon at the Irish Charity Shops awards in Portlaoise.
Karen was nominated in a category alongside 21 other charity shop managers from across the country and was named the nationwide winner at the association’s Talking Shop Members’ Meeting in Portlaoise on Thursday.
She was picked out from the longlist by David Fitzsimons, the Chief Executive Officer of Retail Excellence Ireland. Managers from other charity shopes nationwide such as Barnardos, NCBI, Oxfam Ireland and Age Action were also in contention but Karen won through.
The award is handed out annual to the charity shop manager who has shown exceptional leadership and commitment to their charity, to the shop that they manage and to their donors, customers, staff and volunteers.
Located on John Street in Ardee, the Irish Wheelchair Association Shop accepts small furniture, bric-a-brac, household items and clothing as well as books, DVDs and CDs. Since opening in 2011, the shop has supported the local IWA resource and outreach services.
The IWA Shop is well known in the town for their brilliant window displays – whenever there’s an event on or a local team reaching a final in GAA, soccer, rugby or something else, you can guarantee Karen and the volunteers in the IWA Shop recognise their acheivement with a brilliant window display.
“Karen commenced with the IWA in 2011 and operates our shop in Ardee with a hardworking team of volunteers. The shop is open six days a week and is located on Johns street in the town,” Irish Wheelchair Association’s Retail Devlopment Co-ordinator Tomas McCluskey said.
“The IWA are very proud to have such dedicated and hardworking people supporting their services and would like to congratulate Karen on her achievement.”
Speaking to ThisIsArdee.ie on Friday, Karen said, “It’s lovely to be recognised.”