Galway International Arts Festival is proud to announce that regular Festival volunteer Louise Borre has been shortlisted for a Volunteer Ireland Award in the Arts, Culture & Media category.
Selected from over 500 nominations in 11 categories, Louise will represent Galway International Arts Festival at the annual Volunteer Ireland Awards ceremony on Friday 7 December in Dublin.
Capturing the GIAF Volunteer Spirit
Louise began volunteering with Galway International Arts Festival in 2013 and has been an active and integral part of the team ever since. She is one of four Big Top Team Leaders in one of the Festival’s most popular venues and is a regular volunteer for comedy events at The Kings Head.
Louise Borre (middle) volunteering at The Kings Head during GIAF2016.
Louise’s passion for volunteering extends well beyond the Festival. She began volunteering with St. Vincent de Paul at age seven and has since been involved with Galway Housing Action Group, Serve the City Galway, Cúirt Festival of Literature, Galway Theatre Festival, Pieta House, Cosáin Mental Health Wellness Group, Clifden Arts Festival, COPE Galway and more.
Louise is especially passionate about supporting awareness of mental health and homelessness in Ireland in addition to arts and culture. Asked about her personal journey and the role volunteering has played in her life, Louise says, “Through volunteering, I have become the person I am today.”
Louise (second from left) is one of four Big Top Team Leaders at GIAF.
President Michael D. Higgins is the patron of the awards.