Our Staff

Daiga Martins Borges

Centre Manager

Daiga started working with us in 2012. She first came to Ireland in 2004 when she was taking a year off from studies. Having worked and travelled

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extensively across the island, she returned to Latvia in 2006 where she completed BA (Honours) in Political Science from University of Latvia. Inspired by Irish culture, history and people, she carried out a comparative political-economic research on Ireland and Latvia as part of her undergraduate thesis. Since her return to Ireland in 2009 she has completed various further education courses and volunteered with Carlow Citizens Information Services and Carlow District Credit Union. Daiga thoroughly enjoys her volunteering experience as she always had a great interest in social inclusion and interculturalism issues and most importantly because she has seen peoples’ lives being changed for the better.

Chiara Tamborini

Placement and Outreach Officer

Chiara has been involved with the Fingal Volunteer Centre since 2016. Her role entails managing I-VOL our national database,

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and supporting, both people interested in volunteering, and volunteer involving organisations.

In addition, she coordinates the volunteers here in our office that helps with the everyday running of tasks.

Chiara’s duties involve the management of our Outreach program, which requires her to travel around County Fingal offering public drop in sessions in local libraries and one to one appointments when required. She is also a qualified trainer and group facilitator, who delivers the “Why not?! Volunteering in your Local Community” workshop around various locations in Fingal County. Chiara is also currently working towards a post-graduate qualification in Volunteer Management and Leadership at St Angela’s college Sligo/NUI Galway .

Chiara has always been very passionate about volunteering and has engaged in several volunteering opportunities, both overseas in the Middle-East and Italy, and here in Ireland. Currently she is proud to be volunteering as a Youth Team leader with Foroige, where she is committed to empowering young people and enriching communities.

Julie Cahill

Garda Vetting Liaison Officer & Office Administrator -On Leave

Julie began working with us in 2018. She is the Centre’s Garda vetting liaison officer and office administrator. She has recently completed a BA (Honours)

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in Counselling and Psychotherapy with the Irish College of Humanities and Applied Sciences at Griffith College Dublin, having recently completed an ordinary degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy, in addition to holding a BA (Honours) in Photographic Art from the University of Wales, Newport, awarded in 2008. Julie has always loved working with people, this is evident from the numerous voluntary roles and organisations she has been involved with over the years. She is currently volunteering with the Northside Counselling Service, where she provides a free counselling service to those in need.

Megan McGrath

Volunteer Engagement Officer

Megan joined Fingal Volunteer Centre this year to work on the wonderful Community Volunteers program. Continue reading

events around Fingal involving Volunteers, and outreach to tell people about all the benefits that come with volunteering.

As part of her outreach work, her presentation entitled “It Could Be You!” includes how volunteering ticks the five boxes in Mental Health Ireland’s “5 Ways to Wellbeing” (1. Connect 2. Be Active. 3. Take Notice 4. Keep Learning 5. Give)

Fingal Volunteer Centre helps people look for volunteer opportunities and helps not-for-profit organisations or charities who need volunteers find each other. Meeting and interacting with people and listening to their interests to discover their perfect match with an organisation or charity is what she enjoys most about her job.

Megan also helps volunteers to complete their training to become a community volunteer. Community olunteers are a group of ready-to-go trained volunteers for local community events and urgent community appleals. She finds great satisfaction in placing Community Volunteers in these special areas.

Volunteering for regular beach cleanups and one-off volunteering in her community keeps her busy throughout the year!

Kavitha Chandra 

Placement Support Worker

Kavitha has a Bachelors in Electronics and Communication qualification. 

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Before comimg to Ireland Kavitha had 10 years of experience teaching faculty for Level 7 diploma job oriented courses in India. 

Kavitha started volunteering with the Fingal Volunteer Centre in March 2017 until July 2019.

She has volunteered for many events like the School Summit held at the national show centre, Expos held at DCU and the Blanchardstown Shopping Centre. 

Kavitha has also volunteered with the Dublin City Volunteer Centre as Organisational Support Volunteer and as a Teaching Faculty at the Wisdom Learning Centre & Adult Education Centre from 2015 to 2017.

Through these various roles Kavitha gained experience across various areas including Salesforce CRM, MS Office, and Administrative skills. Volunteering with many organisations also helped her to connect with people across organisations.

Kavitha worked previously in a Part-time job as a Placement Support Person at the Fingal Volunteer Centre for a period of 9 months in 2019. Currently, she is also working with IASIO as an administrative assistant using Salesforce and MS Office skills.

Patrick Taylor

Temporary Garda Vetting Liaison Officer & Office Administrator

Patrick began working with the Fingal Volunteer Centre in March 2022. He is performing the Centre’s Garda vetting liaison officer and office administrator roles. 

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He has studied Anthropology aand International Development with Maynooth University and has also studied bookkeeping with Kaplan Financial in London.

Patrick has a keen interest in the not-for-profit sector and also worked at the Blanchardstown Centre for Independent Living helping to produce and co-host their disability themed radio show “Access All Areas” which airs once a week on Dublin 15’s local community radio station 92.5 Phoenix Fm.

Additionally, Patrick has volunteered for Maynooth University’s Inclusive Learning Initiative and Trocaire’s “Break the Silence – End the Violence” gender violence awareness campaign.

Our Volunteers

Olga Byrne

Olga joined our team as a volunteer in 2020 supporting Board meetings by taking minutes and circulating them.  

Olga has spent her professional life gathering an eclectic skill set – A business degree from Trinity College Dublin, an MSc in Food Science and Nutrition from University College Dublin and a US private pilots license.  She has applied these skills both domestically and internationally to diverse industries from hospitality management to accounting/finance. In Addition to volunteering with the Fingal Volunteer Centre Olga also currently works remotely as a nutritionist/mentor on clinical trials based in both the US and Ireland.

Eddie Doyle

Eddie joined our team as a volunteer in early 2021. Eddie has worked with several non-profit organisation over the years, both as a volunteer and as an employee.

He has gained valuable experience and skills in these roles and finds he really enjoys the job satisfaction these roles bring.

Eddie is well travelled, having lived in both Europe and the USA. He has combined his love for travel and his passion for motorbikes by road tripping from Seattle to Sturgis, South Dakota, and from Dublin to San Sebastian.

Eddie believes volunteering helps both the people doing the volunteering, and also the group one volunteers with, as everyone brings something to the table.

Smeet Kasar

Smeet joined our team as a volunteer in early 2021. He volunteers with us in his free time as a Salesforce Administrator. 

Smeet has volunteered for various causes since his arrival in Ireland in 2018. Smeet has found Volunteering as an experience incredibly enriching and so moving. His role involves helping volunteers find the right opportunities for them. He also assists and guides our volunteers in different tasks.

Our Board of Directors 2021

Shane Clarke

Chairperson

Shane Clarke is a qualified accountant, he has a Masters in Marketing & Strategy and Chartered Director. Shane is new to the Charity Sector having joined as Chair in 2020. Continue reading

He has a wealth of experience across Tourism and FMCG sectors both domestically and Internationally. His day Job is with Tourism Ireland as Director of Corporate Services & Northern Ireland. 

John Hayes

Board Member

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in 2017 and also became a member of their board in 2018. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from University College Dublin and has worked in Information Management and Supply Chain Management roles with a number of multinational corporations in the Pharmaceutical, Oil and Software Consulting Industries. John has a strong passion for volunteering and over the past number of years, as well as volunteering with Fingal Volunteer Centre, he has held or holds various volunteering positions with his local Hospice, Special Olympics Ireland, Volunteer Ireland, Event Volunteers and his local soccer club. He has also recently joined the board of a Company whose purpose is to manage and administer community employment schemes for the long term unemployed in his area.

Gwendoline McGowan

Board Member

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joined the board in 2018. Gwendoline holds a BA (hon) BS from GCD and a Post Grad in Psychoanalysis.  Additionally, she is a certified Special Needs Assistant (SNA) and has served as a Child Protection Officer. Truly an Advocate for the Vulnerable, Gwendoline provides services to ‘Women’s Aid’ and can frequently be found rehabilitating animals in distress.

Joanne Moody

Board Member

Joanne joined the board in December 2018. Joanne holds various qualifications in Sales, Marketing, Public Relations and

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Event Management. For the past 5 years Joanne has been employed in Healthcare Industry specialising in Agency Recruitment Consultancy. Joanne previously volunteered with Event Volunteers and continues to volunteer with various organisations.

John O’Toole

Secretary & Treasurer

John is a part-qualified ACCA accountant. He holds a BSc. (Honours) in Accounting & Finance. His experience includes

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Corporate Recovery, Logistics & the Pharmaceutical industry, where he is currently employed by Pfizer as a Corporate Reporting Accountant.

John has experience serving as treasurer of Macra na Feirme, at both club and county level. He is actively involved in his local Macra club, who engage with the community and local charities on a regular basis, including organising charity fundraisers. He is also an active member of his local Taekwondo club, where he has on occasion assisted with instructing classes and also umpires at national tournaments.

Volunteer Centre Interns & Volunteers
Most importantly a very big thank you to all our volunteers, current and past.

Liam Murray (Treasurer)

Anna Marihina (Board Member)

Freda May Ramirez Lariba (Volunteer Support Team)

Kavitha Chandra (Volunteer Support Team)

Liam Murray (Treasurer)

Anna Marihina (Board Member)

Freda May Ramirez Lariba (Volunteer Support Team)

John Hayes (Volunteer Support Team)

Kavitha Chandra (Volunteer Support Team)

Paula Sheridan (Volunteer Support Team)

Gavin Woodruff (Event Photographer)

Gaven Kinsella (Event Photographer)

Jennifer Shortt (Event Singer)

John Hayes (Volunteer Support Team)

Kavitha Chandra (Volunteer Support Team)

Paula Sheridan (Volunteer Support Team)

Gavin Woodruff (Event Photographer)

Gaven Kinsella (Event Photographer)

John Hayes (Volunteer Support Team)

Kavitha Chandra (Volunteer Support Team)

Paula Sheridan (Volunteer Support Team)

Paul Simon Lang (Volunteer Support Team)

Nicola Salviani (Graphic designer)

Gavin Woodruff (Event Photographer)

 

Aidan Tobin (Piano Player)

Alison Miles (Event Photographer)

Gavin Woodruff (Event Photographer)

Leah Carroll (Photography for Event Volunteers) Flickr Page
Tatyana Turchina (Event Photographer)
Breffni Hall (Photography for Event Volunteers)
Gerard Reidy (Photography for Event Volunteers)
Patricia Bernal (Photography for Dublin Volunteer Management Seminar)
Waneska Valois (Photography for Dublin Volunteer Management Seminar)
Stephen Doring (Events Assistant)

Leah Carroll (Photography) Flickr Page
Alison Watson (Graphic Design for Event Volunteers)
Stephen Doring (Event Assistant)
Ger Helay (Photographer)
Elizabeth Ciara Collen (Events Volunteers)

Not forgetting all our fantastic 103 Event Volunteers in 2013 … we won’t mention them all here, but a very big thank you from us.