Joe Boland, who has been involved in scouting for almost 20 years, is the Donegal nominee for the first ever Calor Community Champion Awards.
A photographer with the Donegal Democrat’s sister paper, the Derry Journal, Joe works tirelessly for the scouts when he’s not behind the camera.
Over the years, he has taken up roles on County, Provincial and National Boards but what he loves most is organising activities for scouts, including camps and challenge days. Joe is not only a regular scout leader but also an avid Scout leader trainer and has trained hundreds and possibly thousands of leaders over many years, including at least 10 volunteer training courses this year alone.
It is time to support your county man and to show true community spirit, so support Joe to help him be in with a chance to be crowned Community Champion 2012 and make Donegal the home of this year’s inaugural winner of the competition.
The winner of the Calor Community Champion 2012 will receive 1,500 euro and a bursary of 7,500 euro to give to their nominated charity or local organisation. Calor is even throwing in 500 euro for the person or organisation that nominated them. Voting is now open to each and every member of the public through the Calor Facebook page
The public will have until August 20th to vote for their favourite and the top four local champions and two wildcards will make it through to the final phase. The winner will be chosen by a Judging Panel led by TV and radio personality, Hector Ó hEochagáin, and including legendary GAA and sports broadcaster, Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh and Jennifer Fagan from Calor.
The Calor Community Champion 2012 will be announced on September 4th.