Chairperson of the CoderDojo Ireland Foundation, Sandra Maguire has won a Volunteer of the Year award in the Children and Youth category, for her diligent work with CoderDojo throughout the years.

Some of the winners at the 2019 Volunteer Ireland Awards

In early December at The Volunteer Ireland Awards Sandra was honoured for bringing hundreds of children the opportunity to learn how to code  through her own Dojo, in Dún Laoghaire from 2013 and her efforts as heading up the board of CoderDojo Ireland.

Sandra Maguire’s Award for Volunteer of the Year in the Children and Youth Category.

We are extremely proud and happy to have her leadership recognized with this award, given the effort it takes energise diverse teams and to be involved with large-scale events such as Coolest Projects and DojoCon within Ireland in addition to running her dojo twice a week!

Back in 2012, her life was profoundly changed when she discovered CoderDojo from listening to the Founder of CoderDojo, James Whelton, give a talk at a Web Summit.

From the small beginnings of Dún Laoghaire Dojo, there is now a huge waitlist for hundreds of young people who want to learn how to code and expand their horizons. What’s more, all across Ireland there are now over 230 different Dojos running throughout the year.

We hope that this award will highlight our organisation’s efforts to bring  STEM education within Ireland more widely so that hopefully in time, we can receive further supports for dojos all across the country.  

If you are inspired by the work of your Dojo Champions, do nominate them for an award next year and/or perhaps look into what awards might be appropriate locally.