Leaders in Sustainable Aquaculture Promoting the Value of Education in Local Schools


L-R Maurice Kelly (HR Manager), Helen Raftery (CEO Junior Achievement Ireland), Julie Coyle, Patrica Friel (JAI), Catriona O’Brien, Kathleen McGrory, Bernie McElwaine, Marie McElwaine, Bernie Friel, Michelle Hay, Phonsie McAteer and Bernie Gallagher. Missing from picture Ellen McGonigle, Shane Friel, Caroline McElwaine, Maire McAteer, Kathleen Coll.


Marine Harvest Ireland welcomed the CEO of Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI), Helen Raftery to their processing plant in Rinmore, Co, Donegal. Helen was accompanied by Patricia Friel, JAI’s Development officer to assist in presenting certificates to 14 Business volunteers from Marine Harvest who participated in delivering Junior Achievement programs in seven local primary schools. The company ran a “Schools to Work Day” where students visited their processing plant and laboratory. The company also ran a “Working it Out” event which mixes the worlds of sport and maths: this is where long division and penalty shootouts, averages and skipping, ratios and basketball all collide in a fun learning environment.

In addressing those MHI volunteers who were able to attend the presentation of certificates event hosted by Maurice Kelly & Julie Coyle, Helen thanked the company for its continued support.
“Releasing MHI staff to work with local students to deliver JA activities helps students in making connections between their studies and the world of work and underlines the value of education in developing meaningful and rewarding careers”, she said. In commenting on the location of the various MHI sites in Co Donegal, Patricia reflected: “By getting involved in delivering JA activities, MHI staff serve as ‘real-life’ proof that a career in this beautiful but remote area is a realistic ambition….provided they listen to their teachers and work hard in school!”

In concluding her remarks Helen thanked Jan and his leadership colleagues in Marine Harvest Ireland: “Without the support of MHI we would not have been able to reach the seven local schools involved last year and those students would not have enjoyed opportunities to work with positive adult role models from the world of work. Thanks to everyone involved and we look forward to another rewarding challenge next year.”

“This is our second year joining forces with Junior Achievement Ireland, enabling our brilliant staff volunteers to deliver programmes in 7 local national schools in areas where were operate in Donegal. We also held very well attended and successful “school to work” days and “working it out” events during 2015. We have concentrated in Donegal for the time being, but if successful we will roll this program out to our other locations in Mayo, Galway, Cork and Kerry” Maurice Kelly, HR Manager.