In memory of Matthew
Seeking nominees sought for the IFD College and The Matthew Gallagher Achievement Award
At the end of 2019, a much-loved member and Governor of the IFD College, Matthew Gallagher, sadly passed away. His passing left family, friends and colleagues wondering how they could best commemorate their mischievous and fun, larger than life friend, who would light up any room that he walked into. So the Matthew Gallagher Achievement Award has been created in his honour.
Chris Parker said: “Many years ago, somebody told me that we never completely die if our name continues to be spoken.
“When our beloved Matthew died so suddenly, we were all determined that he would never be forgotten. To ensure that Matt lives on, we decided to present an annual award in his name. This will be given to one of the IFD College students who has overcome a challenge to complete their training.
“These challenges don’t need to be enormous, although, of course, they might be. The challenges they have overcome might be personal, educational, professional or domestic circumstances.
“We will not share any of the nominees’ circumstances at any time and the only people to see the nominations will be myself and the judges, who, I am delighted to say, will be Matthew’s parents, Pat and Sandy Gallagher.
“Matthew brought so much to this profession and to our college in particular. He understood challenge and met any that came his way head on with determination and a smile. He was a perfect role model for any student, and it is right that he is remembered in this way.”
Nominations can come from employers, colleagues, family friends or College staff or you may wish to self-nominate.
The closing date is now April 30, 2021, and the award will be presented at the National Funeral Exhibition in June.
SAIFInsure is delighted to be supporting this initiative by sponsoring the design and creation of The Matthew Gallagher Award.
For a nomination form, email Chris Parker.Tags: achievement, award, Chris Parker, education, IFD College, Matthew Gallagher, SAIFInsure, training