Ni4kids Family Awards Winners 2017 - Gallery

FAMILY VISITOR ATTRACTION OF THE YEAR

Winner – The Argory, Moy

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(L-R) Gemma Elliott and Matthew Morrison, The Argory & Pauline Leeson CBE, Chief Executive of Children in Northern Ireland.

The Argory impressed both families and the judging panel by promoting a love of nature and getting the kids outside to enjoy some good old-fashioned fun.

FAMILY EVENT OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Odyssey Cinemas Belfast

Winner – Playful Museums Festival

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(L-R) Karen Magowan, Playful Museums, Odyssey Cinemas Business and Operations Manager, Shauna Royle & Beth Frazer, Playful Museums

What impressed the judging panel most about this new arrival to the family events calendar was the huge volume of recommendations received from parents, its child-centred approach and innovative use of existing spaces.

FAMILY SUPPORT ORGANISATION OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Family Media Group

Winner – Action Deaf Youth, Belfast

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(L-R) Caitriona Fox, Action Deaf Youth, Julie Graham, Action Deaf Youth, parent Bronagh O’Connell & Gary Hamilton, Managing Director, Family Media Group

The judges were overwhelmed by the many heartwarming nominations received for this amazing charity who offer wonderfully creative resources and support to families at the start of their journey.

FAMILY SUPPORT INDIVIDUAL RECOGNITION AWARD

Winner – Julie McIntyre, Carrickfergus

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(L-R) Julie McIntyre & Mary Roulston, Principal of Millennium Integrated Primary School.

The winner of the Individual Recognition Award for Family Support is Julie McIntyre from Carrickfergus. Julie was nominated by Ashleigh Madill who said: "Julie McIntyre is my foster mum who 15 years ago took me in and completely changed my life and helped me rebuild it. Night and day she is there for me and my children and has taken me in as one of her own. Julie has a heart of gold and is still devoting her time and effort into helping children as misfortunate as I was. Julie goes above and beyond to give children the life she knows they deserve. She deserves to be recognised for how amazing she is."

COACH OR TUTOR OF THE YEAR

Winner – Joan Putt, JP Swim

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(L-R) Joan Putt & Olympian Johnny Davis

The judging panel described Joan as an inspirational coach who is making a real difference to children living with a disability, and impressive for being so highly thought of by the parents of the children she coaches.

PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Forestside

Winner – Janice Marshall, Drumlins Integrated Primary School, Ballynahinch

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(L-R) BBC Northern Ireland Education Correspondent Robbie Meredith, Janice Marshall & Brian McKibbon, Forestside.

The judging panel were particularly impressed by how this dedicated principal made sacrifi ces to promote integrated education and called her an inspirational teacher building for the future.

FAMILY RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR

Winner – Beef and Bird, Lisburn

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(L-R) Terry Moseley from the Irish Astronomical Association, Anthony and Bronagh Campbell, Beef and Bird & Derek Heatly, Ulster’s fi rst space tourist as a Virgin Galactic Astronaut.

The judging panel felt that it was great to see young diners offered so much choice and that ultimately over two hundred recommendations from happy customers who took the time to nominate said it all.

CHILDCARE AWARD

Winner – Sleepy Hollow Day Nursery, Crumlin

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(L-R) Pauline Bradshaw, Bronagh Creery & Amy Brough, Sleepy Hollow Day Nursery & Shauna McCarney-Blair, Managing Director of Heavenly Tasty Organics.

Sleepy Hollow Day Nursery was described by the judging panel as a ‘heartfelt operation from a mother’ and they were extremely impressed by the efforts to benefi t children and their schools from the recycled profi ts of the social economy wraparound care.

FAMILY FRIENDLY BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Young at Art

Winner – Dunmurry Dental Practice

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(L-R) Joanne Dempster, Dunmurry Dental Practice, Eibhlin de Barra, Director of Young at Art & Fiona Kelly, Dunmurry Dental Practice

The judging panel were very impressed by this family focused business dedicating time and effort to educate children in positive dental hygiene.

MUM OF THE YEAR

Winner – Danielle Davis, Newtownards

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(L-R) Danielle Davis & Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Nuala McAllister.

The judging panel said: "This amazing mum is totally dedicated to her daughter and family, continually putting their needs ahead of her own."

DAD OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Q Radio

Winner – John Hodge, Belfast

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(L-R) Orla Ross, Agency Sales Director, Q Radio & Ryan A, Q Radio Presenter.

The judging panel thought that this Superdad was inspirational and a wonderful role model to his two young boys.

GRANDPARENT OF THE YEAR

Winner – Frances Quinn, Lisburn

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(L-R) Katie Hull, Frances Quinn, Grace Quinn & Singer Peter Corry

The judging panel loved the way this grandmother uses her garden gnomes to encourage positive habits in her grandchildren by leaving secret notes with them for the children to discover. A totally devoted ‘treasured Nanny’.

CHILD OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Action for Children

Winner – Caitlin O'Hanlon, Ballygawley

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(L-R) Country Singer Cliona O'Hagan, Caitlin O'Hanlon, Joanne O'Hanlon & Dawn Shaw, Action for Children Ni Director

The judging panel said it was such a diffi cult choice to choose just one child of the year winner from four very deserving fi nalists however ultimately they felt that this determined young lady had shown such resilience in the face of adversity and deserves all our support in her venture to help other children suffering from depression.

 

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