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 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

Julie began working with us in 2018. She is the Centre’s Garda vetting liaison officer and office administrator. She is currently working toward 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 suicide prevention organisation, SOSAD (Save Our Sons And Daughters), where she provides a free counselling service to those in need.

Kavitha Chandra

Placement Support Worker

Kavitha began with Fingal Volunteer Centre in March 2017 as a Database Support and Placement Volunteer and recently became a

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member of staff working as a placement support worker.

Her role involves communicating with volunteers to ensure they are participating in the volunteer opportunity they opted for. She also obtains necessary feedback from volunteers and suggests future volunteering opportunities. She also maintains all the records in a CRM Salesforce database, while, regularly participating in our outreach programs and Volunteer Expos to promote volunteering and to inspire volunteering within the community.

She has graduated in engineering with Electronics as her specialization and has worked for more than 10 years in the teaching profession.

Kavitha is a trusted member of the FVC team and is also a regular volunteer in various other organisations, such as, a tutor at Adult Education Centre & Wisdom Learning Centre, as organisation support in Dublin Volunteer Centre. Her confidence level has boosted since she started volunteering.

Our Volunteers

Freda May Ramirez Lariba

Volunteer Support Team

Freda began volunteering with us as an Administration and Data Entry Volunteer in February 2019.

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As her first volunteering role, she finds it rewarding and fulfilling to be able to contribute to the community. Since then, she was involved and will be involved in some volunteering roles as she is willing to contribute and share her skills and experience to be use in a meaningful way. As a volunteer, she believes that we can all make a difference in the lives of so many.

John Hayes

Volunteer Support Team

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Volunteer 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.

Our Board of Directors 2019

Anna Marihina

Chairperson

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Accounting and a master degree in Accounting from the National University of Ireland in Maynooth. Anna is a member of the Irish Tax Institute and is a qualified chartered accountant. Currently Anna is an MBA student at the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. Anna has previously volunteered in the animal rescue centre and has worked in the non-profit organisation promoting trade across Baltic States. Anna has previously worked as a tax consultant in a Big four firm and currently works as an Indirect Tax Manager in the technology sector.

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.

Liam Murray

Board Member

Liam joined our board in 2018. He is a retired finance director and company secretary. He also volunteers with

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Age Action and  previous volunteer roles include, SVP, and Friends of the Elderly. He is also a Chartered Accountant.

Adekunle Adeodu

Secretary

Adekunle Adeodu is a Graduate of Pharmaceutical Chemistry who immediately delved into IT after his First degree.

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Worked for some time as a Hardware engineer for DataTech. He joined FVC as a board member in 2018 and became the Secretary by nomination. He has been functioning in this role to date. 
Adekunle has volunteered within the charity sector for many years and has been offering much needed counselling support to youths in Blanchardstown (especially in the black community).

He is also a director in Thomasia Foundation, a newly found non-profit organisation, which specialises in Youth development and Talent hunting.

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

John Hayes (Volunteer Support Team)

Kavitha Chandra (Volunteer Support Team)

Paula Sheridan (Volunteer Support Team)

Gavin Woodruff (Event Photographer)

Gaven Kinsella (Event Photographer)

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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)

 

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Aidan Tobin (Piano Player)

Alison Miles (Event Photographer)

Gavin Woodruff (Event Photographer)

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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)

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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.

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