Louise McLaughlin-Borlace

I am originally from Co. Down but have lived in idyllic rural West Fermanagh for 23 years. 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 heritage group and Chair the Board of Governors of our small rural Primary school. I sit on the Board of Lakeland Community Care, a charity that provides daycare, domiciliary care and healthy living activities across our Council district and is a large employer. I am the Chair of Fermanagh Rural Community Network, a charity that 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.
I worked in a variety of community development roles in local government for 11 years and have worked as Operations Manager with Early Years, the organisation for young children for 2 years and now manage Clogher Valley Sure Start. I have enjoyed being back in the community and voluntary sector again.

I 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.