Cobh’s Hendrick Verwey Finalist for Volunteer of the Year

by Leah Ring

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Cobh Local Hendrick Verwey has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Volunteer of the Year in the 2017 Community & Council Awards presented by IPB Insurance and LAMA.

Councillor Sinead Sheppard nominated Mr Verwey for the award and took to Facebook to congratulate him.

Cllr Sheppard said: “We all know Hendrick is a committed volunteer with a strong track record of on the ground activity in the Cobh community since 1995. A strategic thinker with excellent leadership and motivational traits, he is driven to help Cobh and our community achieve positive change for the benefit of everyone and to make it an even better place in which to live.”

She added: “I want to wish Hendrick the very best for the final on 4 February and thank him for his Trojan work each year.”

Mr Verwey has been a volunteer in the community of Cobh for over fifteen years and he said: “It is great but at the same time, it isn’t just about me. It is a nomination for Cobh more than for me.”

He has worked in the Junior Chamber, Cobh Tidy Towns, Spike Island and now, in Cobh Tourism.

“I came back to Cobh 5 years after the Leaving Cert and I didn’t know anyone in Cobh anymore so I joined the Junior Chamber when it was set up and amazingly I was elected the first president,” Mr Verwey explained.

Before leaving Junior Chamber, following 10 years in the group, Mr Verwey was elected president once again.

He then went on to work on the Spike Island campaign and the Cobh Tidy Towns, both of which been a great success in Cobh.

Mr Verwey shortly after got involved in Cobh Tourism, the group which brought the Sonia O’Sullivan Statue to the Great Island.

The winners of 2017 Community & Council Awards presented by IPB Insurance and LAMA will be announced on Saturday, 4 February at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Dublin Airport.

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