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Education Ambassador and Mentor celebrates win at Association for Project Management Volunteer Achievement Awards

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The winners of the Association for Project Management (APM) Volunteer Achievement Awards have been announced at the Volunteers’ Forum event taking place in Leeds on Thursday 3rd November.  APM is the only chartered membership organisation for the project profession in the world, and this year celebrated its 50th anniversary.

APM’s Volunteer Achievement Awards recognise and reward the invaluable contribution that volunteers make to the success of the organisation and the wider project profession.    

This year’s awards included six categories recognising individual and collective successes:  Branch of the Year, SIG of the Year, Education Volunteer of the Year, Volunteer Event of the Year, Special Achievement and Volunteer of the Year. The winners from each of the categories were selected by the Volunteers’ Steering Group following the entries and nominations received. 

Giedre Irtmonaite, a young project professional won Education Volunteer of the Year.This award is for the volunteer who has made the most significant contribution to education outreach events throughout the year.

Giedre, who is in the first five years of her career journey, is a volunteer Education Ambassador and Mentor. As a young project professional, Giedre is able to engage with students, who she supports and mentors using her own unique experiences in today’s online engagement-driven, virtual and fast-changing environment.

One example of this was some excellent advice she gave to students on learning different functions in Microsoft Excel by following Tik Tok.  Many of the students use already use the Tik Tok, and Giedre was able to encourage them to use the platform for advancing their skills and knowledge base as well. Giedre has presented at three education insight sessions through APM this academic year and is scheduled to present at two more.

This is an amazing investment of time and represents Giedre’s commitment to giving back following the knowledge and valuable lessons she gained through APM, is impressive and she has become a dedicated mentor and advocate for APM.

On receiving her award Giedre said:

“I am honoured and quite shocked to have received this award.  Volunteering has given me the opportunity to help and support other people, in the same way that APM helped me.  Mentoring has really helped me improve at a personal and professional level, and it gives me great satisfaction to know I am supporting others on their journey.” 

Sarah Slater, Volunteering Manager at APM, said:

“I know just how much effort our volunteers put into the different activities they support, whether that be mentoring, our events or publications, to name just a few, sharing their knowledge and expertise, as well as promoting the project profession and membership of APM.

“We rely so much on their support and commitment, and we are delighted to see many of our volunteers such as Giedre recognised for all their hard work and dedication. I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate all the winners and nominees.”

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