This May the Mums NI Team were delighted to catch up with Ann from Families First NI.
Families First NI run multiple award ceremonies throughout the year shining the spotlight on others for their good deeds in the community and excellency in family orientated business.
We thought it was high time the spotlight was shone on Ann for her wonderful contribution to the Parenting Community of Northern Ireland.
It's about celebrating the amazing people there are out there, that do extraordinary things, every day, helping others, changing lives. Our motto is finding the extraordinary within the ordinary, we find them every day! They are what makes NI tick.
We advertise through our Facebook page Families First NI or via the website. We ask them why they are nominating this particular person/business. Some of the stories are fantastic, really there are amazing people out there, who have made, and who are trying to make a difference. Our job is to find them.
This is a story of one teacher who was nominated:
The mother wrote to us, she had a son that no school would take. I don't know his back story as personal information like that is not divulged to us, but he would pull hair and was totally disruptive in class. Initially he was only able to stay for 90 minutes or so a few days a week. The teacher in question, got together with the mum, put their heads together and got some kind of system going. He eventually attended school, every day, for full days.
Long story short, this young man, who no one wanted to take on, was awarded 116 in AQE and an A in GL, and was Head Boy!!!!!
How did that happen? She was the extraordinary in the ordinary. When I spoke to her to tell her she had been nominated, she was shocked, she hadn't realised the difference she had made.
What a woman, but, she is only one, we find others just like her every day!
LOL, well, I didn't find it really, it found us, both Jennie, my daughter and I.
Some years ago we published a paper called Families first NI, something similar to what is already on the market. People would often contact us, asking for us to suggest good schools, day care, doctors etc. this was mostly through our web site. Many mums shared that they couldn't afford day care, parents usually looked after the kids. It was suggested that they would love to nominate their mum for a Best Mum award, that is how the awards were launched and it went from there.
Being able to work daily with my daughter Jennie, we are more like friends, sisters. I love her company, and beside all that, she really has her head screwed on, she knows what she is about.
I wonder who she takes it after!!!! LOL
When people have been positively affected by others, they want to shout it from the rooftops. Families First NI allows them to give those special people their time in the spotlight. We are so happy to do that, and are genuinely thrilled that they choose to do it at one of our awards.
Turnover is vanity
Profit is sanity
Cashflow is reality!!!
That we both will be able to carry on meeting extraordinary People and thanking them for what they have done and are continuing to do for others.
I think Churchill once said ( I hope I am quoting him correctly) where there are no heroes in the community, the community is lost.....
We find and meet these heroes every day, they have blessed lives, and I know I speak for Jennie and myself, they have blessed ours.
Family time. I have been blessed with 10 grandchildren, some are grown and at driving age. They don't want to come to Nana so often, but the younger ones - well, they still do, fortunately.
Working hard when I have to, I am a bit of a workaholic. I don't see work really as work as it's such great fun.
My school motto was that work is a pleasure in itself. When younger, I thought that was nuts, but life is short, so no matter what you work at - enjoy, time is short!!
Thank you Ann for taking time out of your busy schedule to chat with us. Good luck with your upcoming awards ceremony.