News | Chair of our Board of Members Retires Today

One Family. Graduations 2014. Dublin Castle. June 2014. No fee for repro - please credit Paul Sherwood - copyright Paul Sherwood © 2014

The Chair of One Family’s Board, John O’Connell, retires today by rotation following eight years of service. John joined our Board in 2008 and has been Chair since 2012.

As a voluntary Board member, as are all of One Family’s Board members, John has been extraordinarily generous, contributing hundreds of hours of unpaid time and effort to the organisation. He has shared his professional expertise, strategic thinking and invaluable insight as a governance expert; and also his compassion, empathy and understanding, having himself been born in a Mother and Baby home, and raised in a one-parent family.

We thank John for his guidance and his governance. We thank him for supporting us to serve and represent our clients, and to impact positively for change in our society. His devotion and energy will be missed. We wish him happiness in the future.

At this time too, we are pleased to welcome Iseult White – who joined our Board in 2013 – as incoming Chair.



News | Thank you, Sherie

One Famil, Graduation Day.June 2012.Photos – Paul Sherwood 00 353 87 230 9096 Mobile Copyright © 2012

Today the wonderful Sherie de Burgh, our Director of Counselling Services, retires. Sherie joined One Family in 2004 having developed the IFPA’s crisis pregnancy counselling service previously. During Sherie’s long career, she has worked tirelessly to support thousands of women, couples and parents through the difficult landscape of unplanned pregnancies, relationship separation, parenting  and family conflict.

Sherie has trained many other counsellors over the years, supporting them to work compassionately and expertly with people facing difficult and traumatic situations. Her commitment and professionalism have made Ireland a better and more supportive place for diverse families. We thank her for that, and for her caring. It has been a pleasure to know and work with her; Sherie has been a friend and an inspiration.

All the staff, volunteers, Board and clients of One Family wish Sherie happiness in her retirement.  She will be missed.