Thank You Dee Jacques – Volunteer Coffee Morning

A recent morning coffee with the Volunteer Team at the Solas Cancer Support Centre was an event with mixed emotions as it marked the end of Dee Jacques’ long association with the charity.

Dee joined the organisation as a volunteer over 19 years ago when the charity was based in a rented facility. A that time the idea of building a dedicated Cancer Support Centre for the South East was only a dream. Having seen this dream become a reality with the opening of the centre in Williamstown in 2011 Dee became a Trustee in May 2014 and assumed the role of Chair of the Board in May 2018.

In marking the occasion Dee summed up her time and involvement with the Solas Cancer Support Centre ‘It’s fair to say it’s been a huge part of my life throughout these years, and I have enjoyed it along the way. While I am sad to be leaving this part of my life behind, I am happy that I gave it my full commitment. Being part of this great organisation has been beneficial to my own wellbeing and community spirit; I have always felt I was part of a great team. I am now looking forward to spending more time with my family and friends and especially my new granddaughter Souad. Of course, paddling on the rivers of Ireland and beyond with Waterford Dragon Warriors is on the cards too!’

Acting Chair, Barry Monaghan explains the mark that Dee has left on the organisation- ‘Dee has shown unparalleled volunteerism, hard work, passion and commitment to the Solas Cancer Support Centre in a wide range of roles over nearly 20 years. In her position as Chair over the last two years she has led the organisation to be fully compliant with the Charities Regulator’s Governance Code, to win the Good Governance Award in November last year and to reach a record number of 974 clients supported by the service in 2019.  We thank you for all you have done Dee and hope that you enjoy your retirement.’