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Staff Team

Some of our staff and volunteer team at Fingal Volunteer Expo

Daiga Ancikovska, Acting 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 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. Daiga started her internship with Carlow Volunteer Centre in 2011
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Some of the Fingal Volunteer Centre Team

Elizabeth Ciara Collen, Placement and Outreach Officer

 On completion of her BDes (Hons) in Printed Textiles in 2005 Elizabeth established her own business which she ran independently for 6 years. She then achieved her MSc in Art Psychotherapy (International) in 2011 after an inspiring volunteering opportunity in Thailand with an artistic outreach programme that works with a wide-range of social groups and humanitarian organisations.  Her commitment to volunteering and empowering individuals and communities to develop personally and socially inspired her to volunteer both locally and internationally. In 2011 she also volunteered in South India with an NGO working with communities towards social transformation. Working alongside the children, staff and women in the local community, she organised and facilitated group sessions, workshops, introductory talks, training and an exhibition.  She has also volunteered in community centres throughout Scotland working with youth projects and at a number of festivals and events.  Elizabeth relocated to Ireland in 2013 and has experienced volunteering and event roles with various organisations here including an 8 month internship with Event Volunteers, Fingal Volunteer Centre.

Volunteer Centre Board of Directors 2014


Michela Benassi

Michela has been on the Board since 2010 and has recently become a Director. Michela is the manager of the Blanchardstown / Dublin 15 Citizens Information Centre, a not for profit organisation providing free, confidential and impartial information, advice and advocacy services to the people of Dublin 15. Citizens Information has a strong volunteer ethos and participation, and Michela manages a team of 15 volunteers in various positions including information providers, language assistants, administration and IT support, as well as a small team of employees. Michela’s background ranges from languages, intercultural studies, training and finance. She has been managing the Blanchardstown / Dublin 15 Citizens Information Centre since 2004.

Bryan Gavin


Bryan joined the board in 2009. Bryan is a Senior Youth Officer with Foróige.  Foróige is a leading National Youth Development Organisation. Bryan works with local communities across the Fingal area to develop youth initiatives and services.  Foróige is a voluntary organisation which engages over 5000 volunteers in various roles. Bryan joined Foróige in 2006 and his role involves the recruitment, training and support of volunteers involved in volunteer led youth work.

Bryan also worked in homeless services for over 3 years, providing information and support to vulnerable people experiencing, or at risk of homelessness. Bryan's background is in social and urban geography.

Aoife Gaffney

Profile to be provided shortly. Aoife joined the Board in 2013.

Noel Lappin
Noel joined our board in 2013.  Noel joined Dialogic in 1992 where he held various senior management positions. As Senior Vice President of Operations he was responsible for worldwide manufacturing, logistics and supply chain operations. Prior to his time in Dialogic he held senior management positions in the Irish operations of various multinational organisations. He is Chairman of the Private Security Authority and Vice Chairman of Parkinson’s Association of Ireland. He is a graduate of Dublin City University and the National College of Ireland and holds a degree in Business Studies and a diploma in personnel management. He is a member of the Institute of Directors in Ireland and was awarded the diploma in Company Direction having completed the IoD Chartered Director Programme in Corporate Governance and Strategic Management. He is also a member of the Chartered institute of Personnel and Development.

Anna Marihina
Anna joined the board in 2015. She is a graduate of the National University of Ireland in Maynooth. Anna holds a Bachelor degree in Finance and Accounting and a Master degree in Accounting. Anna is a member of the Irish Tax Institute and is a final year student at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland. She has been working as a tax consultant since 2010. Anna has previously voluntered in the animal rescue centre and has worked in the non-profit organisation promoting trade across Baltic States.


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

Volunteer Centre Interns & Volunteers 2014
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)
Volunteer Centre Interns & Volunteers 2013
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.

Volunteer Centre Interns & Volunteers 2012
Elaine Arthurs (Event Management)
Leah Carroll (Photography) Flickr Page
Dave Davis (Graphic Design)
Grainne Evans (Accounts)
Andrew Foley (Photographer)
Paula Merity (Placement Support & Event Management)
Roisin Nic Oireachtaigh (Event Management)
Peter Notini (Event Assistant)
Natasha Page-Wood (Event Management)
Gordon Walters (Event Assistant)

Volunteer Centre Interns & Volunteers 2011
Leah Carroll (Photography) Flickr Page
Dave Davis (Graphic Design)
Grainne Evans (Accounts)
Padriag Faughnan (Event Assistant)
Michelle Gurdis (Volunteer Expo)
Deirdre Kavanagh Scott (Volunteer Expo & Placement Support)
Katia Lacerda (Event Management)
Paula Merity (Placement Support & Event Management)
Barbara O'Reilly (Events Management)

Volunteer Centre Interns & Volunteers 2010
Louise Moloney (Accounts)
Lorraine Norton (Placement Support)
Sherifat Toke Raji (Placement Support)

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