Louise McLaughlin-Borlace

I am married and have 3 children aged 20, 19 and 17. We live in idyllic rural West Fermanagh, which is as far West as you can go in the UK/N Ireland, before crossing the border to Co Cavan in Ireland. I have spent much of my life volunteering in small local groups and am passionate about community development and the difference it can make to individuals and communities.

I am a member of my local community association and Chair the Board of Governors of our small local Primary school. 

I sit on the Board of Lakeland Community Care, a charity which provides day care and domiciliary care to older people in our Council district and is a large employer. I am the Chair of Fermanagh Rural Community Network, a charity which provides community development support and training to over 85 smaller member groups across Co, Fermanagh. These small groups are the lifeblood of our rural communities in this County and they run a network of rural halls which provide activities to people of all ages and make our rural community a vibrant and welcoming place to live.

My paid job since 2009 has been as a Community development officer in local government.  I have recently been appointed to a new post as Operations Manager with Early Years, the organisation for young children, based in Enniskillen, and am looking forward to working in the community and voluntary sector again.

I would value the opportunity to represent peoples’ views from Co Fermanagh, as we are often overlooked in favour of the city based areas. I am also keen to exchange skills and best practice with fellow board members from across the UK and find out if some projects may translate to help develop the community sector within NI.