President's Report 2007

FLARE Volunteer Award recipient

Volunteer extraordinaire

Priscilla Corcoran Mooney

A native of Branch, St. Mary’s Bay, NL, alumna Priscilla Corcoran Mooney, B.Sc.’99, BA’00, BSW’03, knew from an early age that she wanted to make a difference in her community. From her initial volunteering as a member of Fatima Academy’s high school Green Team, to starting the school’s first literary club and being a contributor for the school newspaper, the young, soft-spoken Ms. Corcoran Mooney would continue this altruistic habit well into her university career and adulthood.

Now at age 31, Ms. Corcoran Mooney is one of six recipients of Flare magazine’s Community Volunteer Award – an annual award given to outstanding Canadian women aged 18 and over for volunteer efforts in their community.

“My efforts don’t seem that big to me – especially compared to the efforts of others,” said Ms. Corcoran Mooney. “These are just initiatives that I take on because I want to see strong rural communities in this province. When I met the other five recipients in Toronto earlier this year and heard about their stories, I truly felt that I shouldn’t be here because the person next to me has done so much more.”

This is a modest statement for someone who volunteers as Branch’s mayor (the youngest in the town’s history), is obtaining funding from federal and provincial partnerships for a new town water supply, has started her own bed and breakfast, is a co-founder and member of a number of organizations that improve quality of life for all ages in her community, including Singing Kitchen, Friends of Cape St. Mary’s, Recreation Committee, and special initiatives such as the Well Teen Club.

With the growing number of Newfoundlanders leaving home to find work abroad, Ms. Corcoran Mooney remains determined to stay. Such perseverance and sense of community was instilled in her youth by her grandparents, by whom she was raised.

“My grandmother was very spirited and very community-oriented. Today she might be referred to as an activist. I was always very aware of this and I believe some of these traits have soaked into my own personality. Both of my grandparents gave great respect to my life. I am what I am today because of them, and I believe they would be proud and very supportive of my chosen path in life.”

Ms. Corcoran Mooney is currently enrolled in Memorial’s master of social work program.