Northern Irish Visionary meets with Seattle mover and shaker

Ms. Nichola Mallon, a guest of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program was hosted by Ms. Cathy Allen of The Connections Group today.  Here’s what Ms. Allen had to say about Ms. Mallon’s inspiring work:

“Met a marvelous global mover and shaker on the world scene: Nichola Mallon, a Belfast (Northern Ireland) City Councilor who is a 32-year old visionary. Her mission: how do we do more to correct problems even if there is little money at the local government level. Her magic is simple but doable: take the people with time and talent to give and bring them together to create innovative approaches to problems we used to look at as only possible with money solutions. She’s now building a 24/7, all ages, day and night recreational facility to bring sports, exercise, and green space to her neighborhood where there is none. Nichola has much to offer to more than just Northern Ireland!”

(Pictured L to R: Maya Panova, U.S. Department of State; Nichola Mallon, Belfast City Council – Northern Ireland; Cathy Allen, The Connections Group; and Hayley Kanlyn, World Affairs Council – Seattle)