Secretary of State visited WAVE

19th August 2016

The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, James Brokenshire (photo), visited WAVE Trauma Centre in Ballymoney. Only in post since July 2016, James Brokenshire’s visit at the WAVE centre was part of an intensive round of visits and meetings with businesses, political leaders and community groups. Sandra Riddell (middle) and Eithne Fleming (right) presented the WAVE Quilt of Remembrance. Meeting with WAVE clients, he listened to their stories and commented: “Thank you to everyone at WAVE for your incredible work and the impact it has made. It was a privilege to hear the stories, testimony and reflections of those affected by the dark days of the past and how we can chart a more positive future.”

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Photo: WAVE CEO Sandra Peake and Secretary of State James Brokenshire in front of the WAVE Ballymoney centre.
The Secretary of State also met with WAVE CEO Sandra Peake, WAVE Regional Manager Gordon Buchanan and WAVE Board Member Dennis Godfrey. He stressed that he was committed to doing all that he could to ensure that legacy issues were approached with the clear aim to achieve the best possible outcome for victims and survivors. It is hoped that the Board of WAVE will meet the Secretary of State again soon to discuss the implementation of the legacy aspects of the Stormont House Agreement in more detail.

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Photo: The Secretary of State (middle) with WAVE Ballymoney Staff members (from left): Welfare Rights Adviser Amanda Deans, Outreach Case Worker Colin Gibson, Project Manager Sonja Tammen and Administrator Pamela Dowey.