'A dream come true' - WIT presents highest honour to Vicky Phelan
Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has awarded the WIT Honorary Fellowship to Vicky Phelan.
This award, conferred by the WIT Governing Body this afternoon, is the highest honorary award the Institute can confer to individuals who have demonstrated distinction in a field of human endeavor to such an extent as to provide motivation and inspiration to the community of the Institute and society at large.
Vicky Phelan is a staff member within the Institute since 2006 and holds the position of Head of the Literacy Development Centre, a national centrethat provides professional development to practitioners working within the adult literacy and adult education sector. Vicky is also a WIT graduate having completed a Masters in the Management of Education in 2011.
Opening the ceremony Jim Moore, Chair of the Governing Body welcomed Vicky, her family, friends and colleagues.
“The nomination to award a WIT Honorary Fellowship to Vicky Phelan was reviewed by a selection committee convened by the WIT President, Professor Donnelly, and was unanimously and whole-heartedly ratified by the WIT Governing Body. As educators our Institute acknowledges graduates, encouraging them to participate fully and actively in society as we can all benefit from responsible, creative and ethical participation. As a role model Vicky Phelan demonstrates those attributes,” he stated.
WIT President Prof Willie Donnelly, presenting the WIT Honorary Fellowship to Vicky said: “through her actions in challenging the national health service Vicky has made a transformational contribution to women’s health in Ireland. Her courage, her desire for the truth and her determination represent values that are fundamental to society and reflect the core values of WIT.”
“We are very proud to call Vicky one of our own; she is an important part of the WIT community, a valued member of staff, a WIT alumna. We are proud, too, that she has agreed to do us the great privilege of accepting the WIT Honorary Fellowship award, in recognition of her contribution to society,” Prof Donnelly concluded.
Vicky, in her response to the award, stated "To be awarded an Honorary Fellowship, the highest honour that WIT can bestow on me, is something of a dream come true for me. I am a true lifelong learner. I pursued a career in education because of my love of learning and a passionate belief in the power of education to change lives. I am honoured to accept this award and wish to accept this award on behalf of the women of Ireland for whom I have been campaigning and who inspire me to continue in my campaign for improvements in women's healthcare."