Last Thursday was a bustle of activity at the IIIC. We had the pleasure of hosting very distinguished guests both to hear about our work and also to take part in the graduation celebration of the Wider Horizons program. The visit of Jimmy Deenihan, Minister of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht, Joe Hamill, Department Secretary General, Consul General Michael Lonergan, and Vice Consul Deirdre Ní Fhallúin coincided with the visit of Sister Genevieve Langlois-Meurinne and Sister Mary Keenan from the Little Sisters of the Assumption.
Our visitors greeted students in both our Citizenship preparation and Home Health Aide training courses before presenting the Wider Horizons graduates with their certificates of completion.
The graduation marked the achievement of 17 young men and women from Ireland and Northern Ireland who have spent the past six weeks living in Boston and working as volunteers at different youth and community organizations. The graduation was a lovely opportunity to celebrate their work as well as the gracious contributions of their host families and work placements.
In Minister Deenihan’s address to the graduates, he spoke of the journey of thousands Irish immigrants to Boston and the great welcome they’ve been met with here and continue to receive in Boston. He spoke also of the progression of the peace process in Northern Ireland and commended the Wider Horizons program for bringing together young people from different backgrounds as “equals and friends”. The Minister closed his address by sending a message of praise to Sister Lena Deevy, IIIC’s executive director, for her continued service of others and leadership.
Congratulations to the entire Wider Horizons group and we wish you every success for your future.