Message from the President of The Irish Gerontological Society
Dear Members, Colleagues and Friends
On behalf of the Irish Gerontological Society, it is with great pleasure that I present our new Strategic Plan 2018-2021. You may view and download it at the link below.
Herein you will find set out our vision, mission and values; our background and context; our membership offering; our strengths and challenges. We have identified 7 key strategic objectives, together with implementation initiatives and activities, which will be the core focus of the work of the IGS Executive Committee over the coming three years.
In 2011, the IGS submitted a proposal to Atlantic Philanthropies for funding to implement a 3-year strategic plan to grow and develop this society. We were delighted that our proposal was successful and immediately the reigning Executive Committee embarked on its mission to build a more structured and organised society. In February 2012, Miriam Ahern was appointed as Strategy and Development Manager to lead the development and implementation of the IGS strategic plan. From then until now she, and the Executive Committee, have pursued our society’s goals and objectives with determination and gusto!
I am delighted to report that during this period, the IGS has experienced considerable growth in terms of multi-disciplinary membership, sponsorship, event participation, abstract submissions, and we have enjoyed significantly improved engagement via our new and improved IGS website. With almost 2000 research papers catalogued, our online National Database of Abstracts in Gerontology - which we launched in 2014 - is the only archive of its type in Ireland.
As with the previous strategic plan, our updated strategic programme has been informed by input from our stakeholders through interviews, consultation, and feedback gathered from our annual post-event and member satisfaction surveys. On behalf of the Executive Committee, I would like to thank everyone who participated in these important exercises and gave generously of their expertise and views.
This year, my term as President of the Irish Gerontological Society comes to an end. It has been tremendously rewarding over the past three years as President (and four years as Secretary!), to work with Executive Committee teams that have leveraged their united disciplines to transform the IGS into the robust membership society that it is today. I have no doubt that the incoming President and future Executive Committee will carry forward the IGS commitment to the pursuit of excellence in the wellbeing, health and empowerment of older people.
Mo Flynn, President, Irish Gerontological Society