Arklow’s most colourful kid, Rachel Tyrrell has been announced as a finalist in the 2022 LIFT Ireland Awards. This comes a couple of months after she initially found out that she had been nominated for 5, different categories in the awards, making her the most nominated person to feature in the Awards to date.
Rachel took the daunting step of opening her new social enterprise, The Colour Club last Summer and it appears to be just the breath of fresh air needed after months of staying apart and feeling a bit grey. The Club burst onto the scene with a grand opening last August. Their mission – to be ‘a welcoming and inclusive space for children and adults to explore, play, make and move through creativity and the arts.’
Speaking to Rachel on foot of the announcement of finalists, she tells us: “I was delighted to receive nominations for 5 categories in the LIFT Ireland Leadership Awards – Determination, Honesty & Integrity, Innovation, Respect & Positive Attitude. This week I also found out that I’ve been selected from 247 nominees as a finalist in the Innovation category! I’ll be attending the awards ceremony on the 9th of February when the overall winners will be announced.“
LIFT Ireland describe themselves as ‘A Social Enterprise Initiative Aimed At Increasing The Level Of Positive Leadership Capabilities In Ireland’, and this is certainly a groove that Rachel is in as she spreads positivity and colour across the County with her creative, movement and mindfulness classes for adults and kiddos alike.
Of the many benefits of being involved with LIFT Ireland, Rachel cites their weekly online sessions as being hugely beneficial to current or budding leaders who are looking to continue learning and evolving their leadership skills. “They provide free weekly roundtable sessions online that anyone can take part in to improve their leadership. Each roundtable covers one of the core values that drive positive leadership”, says Rachel.
Joanne Hession, Founder of LIFT Ireland commenting on the LIFT awards:
“The behaviour of leaders impacts on those around them. We tend to think of leaders as being people in positions of power. But we are all leaders – in our own families; in our workplaces; in our communities. At LIFT, we consider leadership a trait that can be developed, lived and emulated – from the kitchen table to the boardroom.
These awards are about acknowledging the skills and values of those who display positive leadership every day across the country. We are all individual parts of a jigsaw of millions of pieces that makes up Ireland. We form the culture, character and values of our country. We want to celebrate those who are doing this in a positive and powerful way.”
If you haven’t come across The Colour Club at one of the many public events or family fun days that Rachel and her colourful crew have hosted or participated in, then you can check them out here.
You can find out more about LIFT Ireland including their online round table sessions here.