Meet our dedicated Comittee Members
Linda has lived and worked in Courtown/Riverchapel all her life. She worked in her local family business during the 80s and 90s. Over the years, Linda was involved with Courtown Tidy Towns and Courtown Failte Festival. She was a founding member of Courtown Community Council and served on that committee up until 2003. In recent years, Linda was involved with Riverchapel Tidy Towns before re-joining Courtown Community Council in September 2019. Linda is also a volunteer with The Irish Coastguard, Courtown/Arklow Unit. Linda is currently self-employed and living in Riverchapel.
Melanie has lived in Courtown for the last three years but is originally from Virginia in the United States. After studying Environmental Science, Biology and Watershed Management, she worked for several years as an Environmental Consultant for the BP Oil Spill Response on the Alabama Coast. From there she went on to do wildlife and environmental work around the world, including establishing a Nature Centre and Alternative Livelihoods Programme on Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea in West Africa. She was invited to come to Ireland in 2017 to take over Seal Rescue Ireland (SRI). With Melanie as Executive Director, SRI has gained an international reputation as environmental leaders and has established its sustainability and growth into the future. SRI is the only seal rescue and rehabilitation centre within the Republic of Ireland and is committed to promoting marine conservation.
Treasurer & Fundraising Lead
Valerie moved down from Dublin 20 years ago. Her grandmother was from Courtown and was an organist in Ardamine Church for many years until she retired. Valerie wanted to get involved in the community and joined the Courtown Community Council as a member. She was also involved in setting up the Junior Youth Club in Riverchapel and was a volunteer leader there. She is currently involved in Riverchapel Community Complex Ltd where she serves as the Director's Secretary. Valerie lives in Riverchapel and for the past 5 years, she has worked as a school secretary in a Community National School-based in Oulart, Co.Wexford.
Secretary & Eduction Lead
Clair has been living in the area for the past 12 years. Originally from Gorey, she moved to Courtown from London in 2008. She is an experienced teacher and has a real passion for working with young people. Clair is a published author and speaker on a positive mindset and empowerment. She is excited to get involved in the local community to work towards making a real positive difference in the area.
Media Officer & Clean Water Lead
Jesh comes from a scientific background majoring in Psychology from the University of Otago, New Zealand. Coupled with an immense passion for humanitarian and environmental projects, Jesh has traveled the world committing to not-for-profit and volunteering initiatives including fundraising in the UK, ecotourism in South Africa, and spearheading environmental and children’s health programs in Nepal. After returning briefly to New Zealand to work for the Department of Conservation, Jesh joined Seal Rescue Ireland in May 2018. Since then, Jesh’s versatility and passion have flourished into the role of Project Manager, where he commits his skills to everything from grant writing, website development, and progressing SRI’s proactive conservation mission through climate action and biodiversity projects. Jesh is committed to supporting and representing Courtown's people and environment and is pushing for sustainable development in the area.
Over the past few years Craig has been involved with Courtown BMX Club, Riverchapel-Courtown HSE, and CYPSC steering group. CYPSC or Children and Young People's Services Committees is an Interagency collaboration working to improve the lives of children, young people, and families. Craig is currently a Director of Riverchapel Community Complex where he successfully secured a part-funded grant for a recently installed children's playground. Upcoming projects for the complex include • A temporary prefab Community Hub in collaboration with the R&C steering group. • IT equipment for Youth Training. • A feasibility study for the proposed Community Centre Hub within the complex.
Our Coastal Community
We are all sure to face numerous challenges this year, but one thing has become evidently clear, we can all work together to keep each other safe. We want to carry this community feeling forward in every project we take on.
Make sure to keep an eye on our Facebook page for community projects and opportunities you can get involved with. Whether it's tree planting, helping with community events our supporting local businesses, everyone has an important role to play in our community.