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Ailsa Spindler

Ailsa brings a wealth of experience in the not-for-profit sector, including work on human rights, health, and the environment. Of particular relevance to their new role, Ailsa was the first Executive Director of ILGA-Europe, at a time when EU-wide LGBT legislation was taking effect. They also led the Equality Network in Edinburgh and was Director of the Terrence Higgins Trust in Scotland.

Ailsa’s campaigning for LGBT rights was recognised in 2005 with the Ian Dunn Memorial Award for Activism, nominated by Stonewall Scotland and awarded by Pride Scotia.

When not campaigning for LGBTQ+ rights, Ailsa enjoys a number of outdoor pursuits, including rugby, cycling, boats, and walking, and for many years was a keen balloon pilot. The move to Cork will, hopefully, enable Ailsa to explore their Irish roots and become part of the vibrant community in South West Ireland. To get in touch email ailsa@gayproject.ie

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Michael O Donnell

Michael O Donnell is the Community Development Worker with the Gay Project. He helps to develop, support and maintain a wide range of varying community groups. In addition, he manages volunteers, gives talks and does a large degree of promotional work. Michael is also the founder of Frontrunners Cork LGBT+ Running Club, the first-ever LGBT Rep on the Cork Drug and Alcohol Taskforce and former Chairperson of UCC Social Science Society. Michael graduated from University College Cork with a 1:1. He is currently aiming to complete his Master's Degree from UCC. Michael is from Listowel originally but has spent most of his adult life in Cork and loves an adventure with his partner Thomas.

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Mark Holland

Mark Holland assists with Community Liaison in the Gay Project through his Work Placement. He helps with the day to day maintenance of the Community Centre. This involves welcoming people, providing people with information and distributing resources. Mark lives near Clonakilty.

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Konrad Im

Konrad Im is a Lead Volunteer with the Gay Project. He's a former Mr Gay Cork and Mr Gay Ireland, that now produces the annual heats in search of future LGBT+ advocates. Konrad is currently studying Community Development is CIT where he is also Class Rep and the Chairperson of CIT LGBT* Society. He is also Volunteer Youth Leader for UP Cork LGBT Youth Group and Volunteer Coordinator for Cork Pride Festival as well as being heavily involved in the organisation of the Cork Pride Festival events while also finding the time to volunteer with the Sexual Health Centre Cork, St. Vincent De Paul and other community organisations. He's passionate and dedicated to creating a society that is fair and inclusive for all and believes that any one person can make a change, no matter how big or small.

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Rita Wild

Rita Wild is Education Officer with the Gay Project. Rita helps develop and delivers training and education projects both for external organisations interested in Diversity and Social Inclusion and she develops education programmes directed at our own communities. Three projects are underway in 2020; An On Line Ally Campaign aimed at 3rd Level Education, An On Line Queer Studies Programme and an Anti-racism project. Rita is originally from Derry and recently relocated to Skibbereen in West Cork and is delighted to be back in Cork after having lived and worked here in the early ‘00s. Rita has over 3 decades of experience in the LGBTQ+ sector in Ireland, North and South trying to; “Educate, Agitate, & Organise*”. *George Bernard Shaw To get in touch email rita@gayproject.ie

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Karen Collins

Karen is Communications Officer with the Gay Project as part of her Work Placement and helps out with the community centres daily running. Karen is a mom of three who has been active in many community groups in Corks Northside over the past few years. She enjoys reading and jewellery making in her spare time.

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