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Thanks and farewell to Sheila Gleeson!


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Thanks & Farewell to Sheila Gleeson!


Happy New Year! I want to extend a belated but nevertheless genuine and heartfelt public note of congratulations and thanks to Sheila Gleeson  our Executive Director, who has recently stepped down. Sheila has worked very hard over the past five years to enhance our small coalition and has added value to many aspects of our approach to our work. She can be particularly proud of the conferences she managed, in which she brought us together to work as allies, setting our differences aside.  She cultivated our initial growth, and helped us build ourselves a fledgling brand.


 Sheila raised awareness with the Irish government, our primary funder of some of the brutal underlying difficulties our undocumented Irish continue to face in deportation proceedings, and developed tools for staff in all of our immigration centers to deal more expediently with these tough cases.  Her professionalism, passion, genuine empathy, and deep understanding of the goals we all work daily to attain at our centers was refreshing and will be hard to replicate.


On that note, the CIIC Board has agreed that we need to seek a replacement, and welcomes applications from interested parties for this primarily part-time position. As in the past, working from home might an option with this position.  Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to  A personnel committee comprised of myself, Celine Kennelly and Brendan MaGee will review applications and make hiring recommendations to the CIIC Board.


Wishing you all a Happy, Healthy  & Successful New Year





Siobhan Dennehy,
Coalition of Irish Immigration Centers


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