JCI Honours Joanne O'Riordan
Quercus Active Citizenship Scholar, Joanne O’Riordan being awarded Junior Chamber International’s Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World
Joanne O'Riordan, UCC Quercus Scholar, has been recognised for her contribution to people with disabilities at a ceremony in Japan. Joanne was crowned one of Junior Chamber International’s Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World at the ceremony. She was honoured in the contribution to children, world peace and/or human rights category. Joanne was shortlisted for the award by public vote, receiving almost half of the 26,000 online votes for the award which honours individuals under the age of 40 who have contributed greatly to local and global communities. The ceremony was attended by over 600 people from around the world. Speaking at the ceremony, she said "life is what you make of it. We all face obstacles in our lives, it's only a matter of overcoming them. Each and everyday I live by the motto of what I fail at today I will overcome and conquer tomorrow."