Persistent Padraig overcomes the odds to inspire others

first_imgA young Donegal man is inspiring others with his career progress and ever-positive attitude after a lifetime of medical battles.When Padraig Ferry started his new job at Pramerica in February he was asked to pick a song that best described himself. He chose ‘I’m Still Standing’ by Elton John.This was a fitting choice, since the 29-year-old had overcome so many obstacles to get to this point. Padraig suffered his first brain aneurysm at the age of 10. He was playing football outside his home in Loughanure when an extreme pain went through his head and he lost his sight.He was rushed to Beaumont Hospital, but when he woke up, he could not talk and had developed a lasting tremor. He was bed-bound for three months.“I basically had to start all over again. I knew at that stage I had an awful mountain to climb to get back to where I was,” Padraig told Donegal Daily.But the competitive kid looked up to his sporting heroes, such as the Donegal ’92 champions, to get back on his feet. He stunned medics when he walked back into rehab months later. He returned to school after that and progressed straight into secondary school at Rosses CC. Padraig went on to study for an honours degree in IT and Business Management at LYIT. But the career struggles began college when started to look for a job.“The problem was that I had no experience. It’s worse when you have a head injury, for liability reasons some employers don’t want to take you on.“I wasn’t going to stop at that. I did an ETB course in Manual and Computerised Accounting. I finally got an interview with Phonewatch in Letterkenny.”Fate dealt Padraig another bad hand in 2015 when he was struck with a second aneurysm.“I had just made a sale at work. I went home and the pain came again. I knew what it was and I thought this was it. I knew my eyesight was going to go so I ran to my neighbour’s and by pure luck, she was in and rang an ambulance.” That hill I was climbing? This knocked me back down. I had to do rehab all over again.The National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) encouraged Padraig to join the Letterkenny Men’s Shed as part of his recovery. The activities helped him with his tremor, the conversations helped him mentally, and the group led him to find even greater opportunities with work.Through friends in the men’s shed, Padraig found out about Employment Response North West (ERNW). The government-funded service helps people with disabilities find employment.“I was only after getting my degree, finding a job was the one thing I had to do. I would be a bit stubborn,” he said.Padraig’s Job Coach Iarla McGowan gave him the confidence boost that he needed. “I told Iarla my story and he said ‘I want to get you set up for a career’. I liked the sound of that,” Padraig said.Padraig Ferry is now the Mental Health Ambassador for PramericaThrough ERNW, Padraig was encouraged to apply for a job in Pramerica as they expanded their team in Gaoth Dobhair. The job offer came as the ‘best news’, he said, just before Christmas 2018.Padraig now works in a customer service team for the American multinational. His determination to rise against adversity has already earned him the title of Pramerica’s Mental Health Ambassador.If my story can help people then it’s worth telling.“I’ll be there for anyone who is going through anything, they can talk to me and I will be there to listen and share my experiences,” he said.Padraig said that he is immensely grateful to ERNW for helping him to get his foot on the career ladder.His mother Susie was his rock through every experience.There was no bigger help than my mum. She is the strongest woman I know. I fell so many days and she picked me up.Padraig’s girlfriend was also by his side through the setbacks of the second aneurysm and helped him find the confidence to go for a new career.“People like that is why I’m here. And if I can help anyone after all the help I’ve received then it’s all the better,” he said.Padraig’s spirit has earned him much admiration from those who were part of his journey.ERNW Job Coach Iarla McGowan told Donegal Daily: “There can be no underestimating Padraig’s achievements.“He is a brilliant young man. He wears a smile on his face from the beginning of the day until the end.“He has shown, in all the time I have known him, a desire to beat the hand he has been dealt and I am all the richer for meeting him.“He is an inspirational young man and I hope that he can inspire others who feel they have little hope of gaining suitable employment because of their own individual setbacks.“The opportunity that Pramerica have given Padraig is massive. It has a been a real pleasure working with the HR team up there, who have worked hard at consciously creating career opportunities within the company for people with disabilities and that has to be highly commended.”John Gorman, Principal of Rosses Community School, said that Padraig was a student who left a lasting impact on his school.“Padraig is a living lesson to every teacher that support and looking for that special spark in a student should always be core to their teaching and of their vocation.“I had the pleasure of teaching Padraig in English class. His wonderful attitude, sense of fun and always looking for the bright aspect of life and opportunity was a pleasure to witness.“As a school and as a teacher I am so proud of what he has achieved to date, a gentleman in every aspect of that word. Pramerica are very lucky to have gained this young man. They will be a great fit as I know the company work so hard to develop their people.”Employment Response North West (ERNW) hopes that Padraig’s appointment will inspire others to avail of their service and also employers, who may not have been aware of the service. The service, which is free, offers equal support to both potential service users and employers both before and during employment.Anyone wishing to avail of this service should contact their local Social Welfare Office. The Letterkenny branch of ERNW is located in the Grand Central Building (first floor). The West Donegal Office is based in An tSean Bheairic, Falcarragh and the South Donegal office is based in the Public Services Centre, Donegal Town. To get in touch with ERNW call 074 9129779 or visit Padraig overcomes the odds to inspire others was last modified: May 21st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Employment Response North WesternwhealthPadraig ferrypramericalast_img read more

Top things we learned Friday at 49ers HQ

first_imgSANTA CLARA — No rushing touchdowns got through the 49ers defense the first 14 games of 2011, setting a NFL record and reestablishing a playoff-bound franchise.This season: no rushing touchdowns through three games.The 49ers (3-0) will put that budding streak on the line Monday night when they host the Cleveland Browns (2-2) and Nick Chubb, who ran for a career-high three touchdowns to key their win Sunday at Baltimore.“He can break the long runs with his speed,” 49ers linebacker Fred …last_img

Resource Discovery: When a Child’s Parent Has PTSD

first_imgBy Kacy A. Mixon, M.S., LMFT[Flickr, 111229-F-AY498-199, by North Carolina National Guard, CC BY-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 23, 2015This week’s RESOURCE DISCOVERY features a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website housing a fact sheet about how children typically respond to parents struggling with PTSD. The fact sheet outlines the relevance of looking at how PTSD in parents affects military children and also provides insight into how children respond. The social and behavioral problems that these children may show are addressed, along with potential risks children may experience related to emotional problems and secondary traumatization. The fact sheet also offers steps that parents can take to prevent and alleviate the effects of PTSD on children. Professionals working with military families can utilize this resource to not only become more aware of how parental PTSD impacts children but also to better inform military parents struggling with this issue.Sherman, M. & Sherman, D. (2005). Finding my way: A teen’s guide to living with a parent who has experienced trauma. Seeds of Hope, Waco, TX.Also featured is a book called Finding My Way: A Teen’s Guide to Living with a Parent who has Experienced Trauma. Authors Michelle D. Sherman, PhD and DeAnne M. Sherman offer a three-part book that can help adolescents address issues related to having a parent struggling with PTSD.“This honest and respectfully written manual serves as a road map for teens who are trying to find their way.”This is an interactive book that not only explains PTSD but also co-occurring problems (such as substance abuse) commonly associated with PTSD. In addition, this resource for teens encourages readers to address the uncomfortable emotions and provides opportunities to learn about and develop healthy coping strategies including finding expressive outlets. This post was written by Kacy Mixon, M.S., LMFT, Social Media Specialist.  She is a member of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more

Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Film

first_imgTake a look at a really interesting breakdown of film stock and how moving images are captured and processed.The new web series What Is… tackles the history of film. Not the history of movies, but of the actual film stock used to capture movies. From the perforations along the side of the strip, to the individual frames themselves, take a closer look at the individual parts of film stock via TheWhatIsGuy.The video does a great job at showing the intricate details in a simplistic way. You’ll see how film with an audio strip will have either a magnetic or optical waveform.You’ll also get a really neat breakdown of frames and the different sizes of frames in the various film formats. Super-interesting stuff.What Is… also tackled film negatives in a separate bonus video. You’ll get a breakdown of color theory, and how it’s applied to creating color film.Did you find this in-depth look at the history of film interesting? Share your thoughts in the comments below.last_img read more

Chicano thumps duathlon field

first_imgLATEST STORIES Emmanuel Comendador was second in 1:59:21 with Singapore’s Mien Mau Lim finishing third in 1:59:33.Another Singaporean, Phoebe Kee, ruled the women’s side in 2:20:05, beating Jelsie Sabado (2:22:15).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess John Chicano showed his readiness for the 30th Southeast Asian Games by ruling the male elite division of the Tri-Factor Asian Series national duathlon championships held in Clark over the weekend.The 27-year-old Chicano, triathlon runner-up to Nikko Huelgas in the 2017 KL Games, led all the way to rule the standard 10-kilometer run, 40-km bike, 5-km run event in one hour, 58 minutes and 24 seconds.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Patrombon leads off Davis Cup tie against Thaislast_img read more

Trade union bats for sale of processed tea of RangliRangliot Tea Estate

first_imgDarjeeling: The Himalayan Plantation Workers’ Union (HPWU-affiliated to the Gorkha National Liberation Front) has demanded the district administration to take steps for the sale of processed tea of Rangli-Rangliot Tea Estate in Darjeeling in order to settle the dues of the workers including wages, salary, fringe benefit dues and provident fund.Incidentally, the dues include gratuity, provident fund, leave travel allowance, salary, wages, staff kitchen allowance, JCO and tea makers’ salary, medical bill and LTA of temporary workers. Till February 14, 2018, the accumulated due was to the tune of Rs. 1,45,76481 and the amount has gone up since then. Gratuity has not been paid since 2011. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”The wages have not been paid for the last 7 weeks and salary of the staff and sub staff for the past two months along with fringe benefits. The workers have been pushed to the brink of poverty. Despite repeated requests, the Management except for making empty promises have not done anything,” alleged Roshan Rai, Chief Advisor, HPWU, Rangli-Rungliot unit.HPWU on Tuesday submitted a memorandum to the Darjeeling District Magistrate. Copies of the memorandum were forwarded to the Assistant Labour Commissioner and the Superintendent of Police. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe HPWU has eventually stopped the dispatch of premium first flush tea from the garden April 14. In the memorandum, the HPWU had written: “In the factory of the Rangli-Rangliot Tea Estate, first flush tea worth Rs 1 crore and 5 lakh is in store.The memorandum prompted the District Magistrate to either take legal action against the company owner or arrange for the sale of the tea to pay the dues of the workers.”In the absence of the DM, the Additional District Magistrate, Darjeeling, assured us that he would conduct an inquiry into the matter and take necessary steps,” added Rai. The garden is owned by Duncans Industries Limited. The tea estate has 350 workers and around 100 staff and sub staff. It produces 1,60,000 kg of tea annually and has an area of 183.95 hectare. The Management could not be contacted for comments.last_img read more

Soon farmers to be trained to market preserve their produce

first_imgKolkata: Concerned over a large number of farmer suicides across the country in the recent past, the Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management (IISWBM) wants to churn out professionals who can reach out to the farmers and train them on modern agriculture so that they can market their produce and at the same time preserve them for a longer period. “We will be starting a course on rural management from the academic year 2019 through which we will equip people to reach out to the rural areas and educate the farmers. They need to know how to use resources like seed management, insurance and credit management. Modern-day agriculture has witnessed a sea change and simple use of family wealth and previous years’ production as seeds are not enough. Farmers need to have knowledge of marketing their products and even learn about preservation. Lack of such knowledge has resulted in a number of farmer suicides in the recent past. We are trying to address this issue,” said Rajagopal Dhar Chakraborty, director of IISWBM. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsSuch training programmes may be organised in the institute itself or experts may travel to the districts with support from the state government for the purpose of making the farmers aware of their requirements and how to insure themselves from risks associated with agricultural activities. There are a number of NGOs both in the government and in the private level as well as a number of farmers’ organisations who are working for the upliftment of the farmers. “We will be churning out experts who can be roped in by these bodies or organisations for serving their purpose. The day is not far when companies will have farmer support programmes. We want to be prepared for this,” the director added. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIISWMB, the autonomous graduate business school in the city which is the first in the country to offer an MBA degree, also wants to commence a course on the skills of managing hospitals. “Doctors may be very good in the diagnosis of the disease of a patient but at the same time, they need to have knowledge of the resources available with the hospital. The state government is also taking a lot of steps for management of hospitals,” he said. The institute’s second campus at Rajarhat will be ready by 2019 which will enable the institute to begin innovative courses.last_img read more

Mudgal other stalwarts to feature in Jaipur cultural fest

first_imgJaipur will witness a star-studded week when music stalwarts like Shubha Mudgal and Vidya Shah will come forward to perform at Jawahar Kala Kendra (JKK) as a part of Navras 2017 – a performing arts festival, spanning over a period of 9 days from March 18 – 26. The festival will present a series of rich and diverse productions of theatre, contemporary dance and sufi, classical, pop and fusion music. The idea is to give the audiences a chance to experience the arts and its impact in a range of spectacular spaces within the JKK premises. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSays Pooja Sood, DG, JKK, “We are proud to present a variety of nationally acclaimed performances in art, music, dance and theatre to the audiences in Jaipur. If Navras means to have new experiences, then it is our endeavor that the audiences enrich themselves in experiencing theatre, dance and music in new and diverse ways.”Noted singer Shubha Mudgal and her band Koshish, will be opening the festival with a sonorous performance. Equally at ease with popular music and fusion projects, Shubha Mudgal is one of India’s acclaimed vocalists who has specialised in Hindustani classical music. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe days that follow will witness many artistic presentations including dance productions – Ganapati by Adishakti andTimeless by Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company, theatre productions – Kaumudi by Abhishek Majumdar and White Rabbit Red Rabbit by Nassim Soleimanpour. The festival will also witness the premier of ‘Phool Kesula Phool’ – a theatre production commissioned by JKK and directed by Rajasthan’s bright talent Rajendra Panchal. JKK will also be presenting ‘Tilchatteyki Diary’, a play for children that was also commissioned in summer 2016. In an attempt to introduce audiences to alternative viewing strategies, several experimental productions have been invited to Navras. For example, in White Rabbit Red Rabbit, there is nothing between the actor and the audience – no directorial vision and no production design. The script is handed over to the artist on the stage and then he/she has to improvise and make it interactive. Dil-o-Danish, a long durational reading of Krishna Sobti’s celebrated novel about Delhi and the Ganga-Jamuna tehzib of the city will be held in a specially conceived tent outdoors. As the audiences immerse themselves in the story of Delhi they will also get to ‘taste’ ‘Dilli ka khaana’ which will be served as a part of the reading session. Directed by Anuradha Kapur, this work borders between theatre and a reading.There will also be an exhibition, ‘Women on Record’, curated and designed by photographer Delhi-based ace photographer Parthiv Shah on March 26. The exhibition which will run in the Museum Galleries 2 and 3 of Jawahar Kala Kendra till the end of April, is a showcase of a world of incredible women, of black and white era, of the Salon, the Tawaifs, stories, riddles, anecdotes, photographs and songs. This will be enunciated by a performance of classical music by Vidya Shah .last_img read more