Dobson elected new Council chairperson

ULSTER Unionist MLA Jo-Anne Dobson has been elected as the new Chairperson of the Upper Bann Branch of the Ulster Women’s Unionist Council (UWUC), replacing outgoing Chairperson Lady Daphne Trimble.

The election of Officers took place at the Annual General Meeting of the Branch held recently in Mrs Dobson’s Banbridge Constituency Office. The members of the branch were welcomed by outgoing Chairperson Lady Trimble and addressed by Ulster Unionist Craigavon Councillor and Deputy Mayor, Alderman Arnold Hatch.

Commenting Mrs Dobson said, “It is an honour for me to be the new Chair of the local branch of the Women’s Council. The Council have a proud history of making a fantastic contribution to the cause of Unionism in Northern Ireland.

“Since its formation in 1911, the Council have been an outlet for the talent of hundreds of thousands of Unionist women and as well as one hundred years of proud history, has a vision for a future of continued service to the Unionist cause.

“Our AGM was addressed by the guest speaker Alderman Arnold Hatch which enabled us to discuss topics including the amalgamation of the local Councils, the forthcoming elections and the recent murder of Prison Officer Mr David Black. The members of the branch expressed their deep sympathy to Mr Black’s friends and family members.

“Many of the members present knew of friends and relations who have been touched by similar tragic circumstances from our troubled past and spoke from the heart about the impact on the women who are so often left behind.

“It was also announced at the meeting that the annual Edgar Graham public speaking contest will be held in Parliament Buildings Stormont on Wednesday 6 February 2013.”

Any schools or individuals who wish to participate could contact Jo-Anne Dobson MLA’s constituency office on 028 4066 9004.

Other officers elected at the AGM included - Vice Chair of the Branch Mrs Olive Hatch, Secretary Ms Joanne Harris, Treasurer Mrs Joanie Elliott, President Lady Daphne Trimble.