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Letter from the ERD Board Chair

Posted on 15 November 2021

Letter from the Chair:
In mid-October I was appointed as ERD Board Chair, succeeding Mr. John Cooley who recently stepped down after many years of service. Having been a Director since 2014, I have a good sense of the work of the ERD, as well as knowing many of our funding partners and leaders across the global network of projects with whom we collaborate. I want to begin by paying tribute to John Cooley, one of the founding Directors of ERD back in 2008. Over the years John has been a hugely committed Director, generous with his time and always willing to travel to Dublin for Board meetings and the various other tasks that come with the job. In more recent years, he took on the additional role of Board Chairperson and astutely guided the Company through some key strategic planning. We are very grateful to John for his generosity and commitment.

2021 is a year of change and adapting for all of us. To add to the complexities of living with COVID and working from home, ERD has had several significant changes. The appointment of Fiona Dowling as Chief Executive at the beginning of the year, the putting in place of an interim strategy and addressing the standards being set by the new Irish Charities Regulator have kept everyone busy. All of this on top of the Team’s normal workload of supporting Edmund Rice development projects through fundraising, project support and capacity building.

The Newsletter is an opportunity for us to keep you up to date with recent happenings. It also gives us a chance to express our gratitude. Thank you to those who continue to support our work in 2021. In this, the last Newsletter of the year, a bit early though it may be, can I wish you and your loved ones a peaceful and loving Christmas and New Year.

Br. John Casey