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Elizabeth Tynan – Candidate for Vice President of IGC

Posted by Francis O' Toole on April 19, 2012

Elizabeth Tynan – Candidate for Vice President of IGC
Dear Colleagues,
I am seeking your support in the IGC Vice-Presidential election, and want you to know where I stand on the key issues that matter in our professional life.
Since training as a guidance counsellor in 1997, I have had a vision for our profession and its potential for making real difference to the lives of the people we meet. That vision has at its centre caring for people in a holistic way, supporting and empowering them as they work to reach their full potential in all areas of their lives.
In the present climate, when guidance counselling is under such severe attack, I believe I have a strong sense of what we need to do to enable us to emerge from this crisis a stronger, more vibrant profession.
First of all, we must keep up our morale. We need to keep believing in the worth of what we do, and to be confident in our own strengths. We need to continue to build alliances with friends in the unions, the management bodies, parent bodies and all other sources of potential support.
We need to research the effectiveness of guidance, to demonstrate that our interventions do work. We need to present evidence-based research to strengthen our case for resources for guidance. We already have international evidence that a guidance service relying on the good will of school management does not work. We must bring this evidence to political and public awareness.
We need to make our organisation more efficient, more fit for purpose. This means looking at significant structural reform and developing effective communication by investment and training in web-based networking.
We need to be a voice for young people in the country who are struggling to make sense of an increasingly challenging world. The IGC needs to present itself as an organisation with strong, experience-based positions on young people’s issues, and we need to present these positions clearly and unapologetically in public debate.
We need to do the same for issues faced by our adult clients, who feel voiceless and powerless in the face of diminishing supports and service. We know our clients better than almost anyone else.
At the same time we must ensure that we continue to deliver the personal, career and educational guidance so essential in the current economic crisis in the most professional way possible. We must protect our Supervision support system, which is currently experiencing cutbacks.
You will already have received my CV, showing my significant track record in delivering what I set out to do for the Institute to date, so I will not repeat that here. But I want you to know that I will continue my commitment of time, energy and skill to the development of our profession for the benefit of all those who need our services, if you will entrust me with your support, by voting for my candidacy for Vice President.

With every good wish,
Elizabeth Tynan
For more information : Facebook – Elizabeth Tynan

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