Adult Achievers Awards

The PSNI Cup


Kate Smith presents Jason with the PSNI Cup

Jason Kane of Omagh

Jason is a very special young man. Despite the many health related issues he has faced, Jason shows tremendous determination to play as full a role as possible in the working environment. Whilst many of us like to complain about the multitude of things that we think are wrong at our work or how undervalued we feel, Jason particularly relishes coming to work to have a structure to his day and a valued role to play. Making a positive contribution to the overall objective provides a great deal of satisfaction and a sense of achievement for Jason . Jason, who works for the Western Education and Library Board, likes to be kept up to date with the news and office craic. Jason’s manager Albert says “As Jason’s manager I am aware of his ability to keep people on their toes. Jason likes structure and routine to his working day and if something does not happen when expected he is quick to contact others to let them know something did not arrive or something has not been collected. Jason is a very independent young man who is very worthy of this award.

NI Chamber of Commerce Cup


Trust Founder Bill Keown  presents Sarah with the NI Chamber of Commerce Cup, also  pictured is Cllr Kenneth Reid, Mayor of Dungannon

Sarah Vincent  of Dungannon

Sarah suffers from spina bifida and has had to endure numerous periods of hospitalisation undergoing abdominal and spinal surgery. Unfortunately she has recently been diagnosed with arthritis which hinders her independence as she is no longer able to drive long distances. Sarah uses crutches to aid her mobility in preference to a wheelchair, however she is unable to mobilise for great distances. Although she suffers great pain she remains motivated and cheerful.

Through her hard work and determination Sarah successfully gained a place at the University of Ulster studying for a degree in Arts, Photography and Media Studies which she hopes to complete in the not too distant future. Sarah is well known in the Dungannon area and is involved a number of cross-community activities where she is respected as a resourceful person who is always willing to help and counsel others.

The William Keown Trust is delighted that Sarah is the recipient of the 2012 Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce Cup

The Flogas Shield


Kate Smith presents Simon with the Flogas Shield

Simon Byrne of Castlederg

Simon who is hearing impaired attended St Eugenes High School in Castlederg where he was very lucky to have an excellent support teacher. He was very diligent in his studies and was successful in gaining a 2:1 degree in Art and Design at Magee University where he is now studying for a Masters Degree in Design and Communication. Although Simon has had a lot of difficulties to overcome he has never felt that his disability was a burden to him. Simon works with a hearing impaired club in Derry where he is actively involved in fundraising and last year was voted club person of the year.

Certificates of Merit


  • Sylvia Hamilton of Omagh
  • Sarah Hynds of Dungannon
  • Jackie McBride of Dundrod
  • Peter McCord of Lisburn
  • John McLernon of Clough



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