The parent members of the Board of Management need to be elected this week.
Please sees below for the nominees.
1 male and 1 female candidate will be selected.
Thank you to all those who have put themselves forward for election.
A vote can be made by clicking onto the link sent to your daughter’s school email address, or by text message from the school.
Votes must be cast by 4pm on Friday October 15th 2021.
Below find details of the nominees.
My name is Geraldine Kirk. I am married to Paul and we have 2 children. Mark, a former pupil of De La Salle now training as an apprentice electrician and Caragh, currently in 2nd year 2L in St Louis Secondary School.
I am a retired psychiatric nurse, having spent 35 years working in the HSE. I gradually worked my way from staff nurse through the various nurse manager positions to the post of Assistant Director of Nursing. I worked in this position for the last 14 years of my career, with responsibility for managing several service areas and teams of staff, managing development projects, recruitment of staff and negotiation with unions.
I am involved in a number of community and parish activities.
I am a leader with the local Girl Guiding units in Kilkerley for the last 7 years. This involves engaging girls from the age of 5 to 14 in the guiding programmes and activities specific to ladybirds, brownies and guides, giving them confidence as individuals and building relationships with others, learning basic life skills, STEM activities and activities relating to International Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This involves outdoor camping, weekends in the brownie cottage, fund raising activities for charity, and most recently hosting a district event for the Irish Girl Guides international camp ‘Octagon’. This was attended by 50 Brownies, Girl Guides and Senior Branch girls from Knockbridge, Kilkerley and Louth Village units.
I have been patron nominee on the local national school Board of Management for the last 8 years and am currently in my second term as chairperson. I have learned much about the management of schools in line with Department of Education and Skills regulations, guidance and circulars. I supported and worked with the principal and school staff in making the numerous changes to comply with Covid 19 national guidance.
I have been involved in parish voluntary work for a number of years, including the children’s liturgy group, parish baptism team and the parish pastoral council. Currently I am chair of the parish pastoral council which included coordination of Covid 19 compliance in the local churches.
Through my professional and voluntary roles, I have acquired a lot of experience in Child Safe Guarding procedures and management of services. Through my experience as Chair of Kilkerley school Board of Management I have a good knowledge and awareness of the Department of Education and Skills circulars, guidance and procedures for the management of schools. Through my professional role as a manager and as chair of the BoM I have good experience in the recruitment processes and management of staff.
If elected to the Board for St. Louis secondary school I understand that my role as parent nominee is to bring a parent’s perspective to the discussions and decisions of the board. That the board has responsibility and accountability for the overall management of the school and supports the Principal, Deputy Principal and in-school management team in the day-to-day management of the school.
Yours Sincerely Geraldine Kirk
My name is Oliver Lawrence, I am married to Julieann and we have 3 daughters. My daughters are students at St Louis in 5th, 3rd and 1st year. I have spent all my working life in the pharmaceutical industry and I am currently the Hospital Key Account Manager – Ireland with Accord Healthcare who are a global leader in generics and biosimilars.
I was happy to be nominated as a candidate for the election to serve as a parent representative on the school’s Board of Management as I previously held this position for 4 years on my children’s primary school’s board. I enjoyed that experience and I believe the projects we undertook during that time were very beneficial to the school, and also to the locality on a whole. I believe in the Ethos of St Louis and I have experienced that the BoM play an important role in assisting the principal with decisions which help to achieve those goals. Most importantly the contribution from the parent of children attending the school provides a platform for views and concerns which may not previously have been raised. My day to day job requires that I be open minded, and so I see myself as approachable and I would be happy and available to help in any way possible with raising concerns, at board level, that parents might bring to my attention.
Name David Minto
Father Albert Minto (RIP) Mother Briege Minto Family of 6 kids
● Married to Deirdre Minto
● Daughter Kayla Minto- current Head Girl 2021-2022
● Parent Nominee Board of Management St Louis Dundalk 2018-2021
● Member of Dundalk Chamber of Commerce
● Vice President 2017-2018
● Former Chairman of the organising committee for the St Patrick’s day parade also the world record Santa run in Dundalk where over 5500 Santa’s ran for 1 mile.
● Avid Dundalk FC Fan.
● Currently Sales Manager with Digital Screen Displays Dundalk.