Meet our Team

Daiga Martins Borges

Daiga is Volunteer Programme Manager and started working with us in 2012. She first came to Ireland in 2004 when she was taking a year off from studies. Having worked and travelled extensively across the island, she returned to Latvia in 2006 where she completed BA (Honours) in Political Science from University of Latvia. Inspired by Irish culture, history and people, she carried out a comparative political-economic research on Ireland and Latvia as part of her undergraduate thesis.  

Since her return to Ireland in 2009 she has completed various further education courses and volunteered with Carlow Citizens Information Services and Carlow District Credit Union. Daiga thoroughly enjoys her volunteering experience as she always had a great interest in social inclusion and interculturalism issues and most importantly because she has seen peoples’ lives being changed for the better. Daiga started her internship with Carow Volunteer Centre in 2011.

Elizabeth Collen

Elizabeth is Volunteer Programme Manager. On completion of her BDes (Hons) in Printed Textiles in 2005 Elizabeth established her own business which she ran independently for 6 years. She then achieved her MSc in Art Psychotherapy (International) in 2011 after an inspiring volunteering opportunity in Thailand with an artistic outreach programme that works with a wide-range of social groups and humanitarian organisations.

Her commitment to volunteering and empowering individuals and communities to develop personally and socially inspired her to volunteer both locally and internationally. In 2011 she also volunteered in South India with an NGO working with communities towards social transformation. Working alongside the children, staff and women in the local community, she organised and facilitated Art Therapy group sessions, workshops, introductory talks, training and an exhibition.

She has also volunteered in community centres throughout Scotland working with youth projects and at a number of festivals and events. Elizabeth relocated to Ireland in 2013 and has experienced volunteering and event work roles with various organisations here, including an 8 months internship with Event Volunteers, Fingal Volunteer Centre.

Event Volunteers Team Leaders

In addition to key team members above we have our own team of trained EV Team Leaders. We work with Volunteer Ireland staff and volunteers in addition to the staff of our sister Dublin Volunteer Centres on our larger volunteer events.

Photography

A very big thank you to Leah Carroll and Breffni Hall for their excellent photography which features on this site and through out our documents.