The very popular lady Kem White has been honoured at this year’s Lions Cashel Person of the Year.
The 27th person to be elected to the position since Cashel Lions Club inaugurated the award in 1987, Kem received her award from Lion President, Paul Monks, at a function in the Civic Offices, Friar Street on March 14 before a good attendance of family and friends.
Kem White is best known for her involvement with St. Patrick’s Brass Band. Recently she took over leadership of the 160 year-old band from her father, Gus McDonnell, and she has proved herself to be an inspiring leader.
In her nomination letter her service to the Cashel and District community was highlighted by nominators, Geraldine Stockil and Liz Conneelly. They spoke of her service to the community by way of organising concerts in the locality. They revealed that Kem provides music lessons free of charge, ensuring that the gift of music is accessible regardless of economic status. No student is left without an instrument and each student learns how to maintain the instrument which is entrusted to them free of charge.
Students are taught how to read music, thus given the life-long gift of music and musicianship. The learning experience is fun, a variety of music styles taught. Kem tries to introduce songs from the charts to keep younger learners engaged in the learning process. Kem espouses the idea of learning using fun activities, praise and positivity so that each student can reach their potential.
Her nominators said that Kem is an excellent role model for young people as she promotes a strong sense of community and friendship. Her work generates pride in St. Patrick’s Brass Band and provides a trans-generational, multi-denominational activity for both genders. Paul Monks was high in his praise of Kem and considered her an outstanding recipient of the prestigious award. He wished her well for the year ahead. Kem succeeds Margaret O’Toole as Cashel Person of the Year. Margaret was presented with a replica of the Person of the Year trophy.