Executive Director at SpunOut.ie
Celia was a pleasure to work with during her term as Chairperson of SpunOut.ie, Ireland’s youth website. Throughout her time on the board Celia was dedicated to the mission of the organisation and through her input, always ensured the organisation was maximising its in supporting the young people we serve. Celia’s passion for meaningful youth participation always resulted in young people being at the core of decision making in SpunOut.ie. Celia’s skills lie in expert facilitation and leadership, skills which were tested during a number of HR challenges the organisation faced during her time as chair. These challenges were resolved effectively and leave the organisation in the strongest position in its history. Celia also led the organisation in dealing with a significant media controversy, sustainability challenges and funder initiated merger discussion. Ultimately, Celia was passionate about the cause, effective in her leadership of the board and caring towards the staff and volunteers of the organisation. Her contribution to SPuntOut.ie will be felt for a long time into the future and on behalf of the young people of Ireland, I’d like to thank her dedicated commitment to our work.
Management Development Specialist, Meehan & Associates
I have know Celia and worked with het on a variety of projects over a period of 25 years. Her work is exemplary; she possesses an intuitive spirit, shows commitment and has a collaborative approach in all work undertaken. She can work beyond a simple brief to obtain a complete result. Celia has excellent project management skills and always works to strict deadlines and well defined objectives.
Chef Proprietor Eithna’a By the Sea. Winner of Georgina Campbell Ireland Guide Seafood Restaurant of the Year 2014
Celia helped me articulate and refine my business ideas, bringing them together into a meaningful and useful planning document. I found Celia to be very focused, practical and helpful especially in navigating the world of grant funding applications, partnership working and meeting deadlines. I will certainly use Celia and her company Keenaghan Collaborative again.
National Training & Promotional Officer Parenting Support at Lifestart Foundation and Tusla
I have worked with Celia on a number of projects and found her at all times to be very professional. Her expertise in the area of research and project management is second to none. She has a wonderful rapport with people and facilitates connections between quite diverse groups of individuals. She has excellent communication skill, is very reliable and has a positive approach.
HSE Mental Health Promotion/Suicide Resource Officer
Keenaghan Collaborative were commissioned by the HSE in Sligo/Leitrim to develop best practice guidance and information on social prescribing for primary care teams. The work was carried out both thoroughly and professionally adhering to all time scales. Celia and her team exhibited excellent project management skills and commitment throughout. A Report: ‘Care Options for Primary Care’ was produced which comprehensively fulfilled our expectations and is currently available in pdf. Format on the National Office for Suicide Prevention website www.nosp.ie
Our working relationship with Celia and the team proved to be a positive and rewarding experience, despite the challenges that such a project raises. Their professional manner, expertise, and ability to engage meaningfully with people from a range of disciplines and sector means that I would not hesitate to recommend their services in this area.
Mary Margaret Parson
North Leitrim Women’s Centre
Celia worked with us back in 1995 to carry out an assessment of the social and education needs of women in the predominately rural area of North Leitrim. At the time we were a group of voluntary women who had come together with a shared vision of providing support and opportunities for women in the area to access training and support and just give women an opportunity to come together. We had never done anything like a ‘needs analyses’ or social research project before but with the expert guidance and wonderful, unwavering support of Celia we went for it. What took place was a wonderful process of learning, not only what we learnt and heard from all the women we spoke to and the information we gathered but for ourselves, with Celia’s support and direction we carried out the research ourselves. Celia guided and supported us through every stage, designing the questions, gathering the information and then analysing the information we gathered and eventually to producing our finished report. It was a wonderful experience that guided and set the foundation for the future work of the Women’s Centre. Only recently at an event held in the Women’s Centre to mark the 10th Anniversary of the establishment of the Well Woman Clinic within the Centre (a need identified in the research carried our in 1995), Margaret Harkin a director of the Women’s Centre and a member of the original research team in 1995 share her memories of carrying out the research, driving round the roads in the dead of winter at night time to talk to women. Even thought it was 20 years ago the wonderful memories, the sense of achievement, the skills learned and the knowledge gathered are still relevant today and all of this is thanks to the wonderful support, expertise and approach of Celia in carrying out the work with us.