A Derry woman has been honoured for her work at promoting better relationships between different communities.

Maureen Hetherington (pictured) has been awarded Community Relations Award for Exceptional Achievement.

She received the award from the Community Relations Council (CRC) at an event at Stormont last week.

Mrs Hetherington has worked in community relations in Derry for more than 25 years.

She has spoken on peace-building in other areas of the world, including the Balkans, the Middle East, South Africa, Cyprus, USA, Canada and Norway.

Mrs Hetheringotn is the coordinator of The Junction, a centre based at Bishop Street in Derry to support all those engaged in building community relations.

She helped created the ‘Towards Understanding and Healing Project’ which enables people to ‘share their stories in safe spaces’.

She has also involved in the project to achieve ‘City of Sanctuary’ status for Derry~Londonderry.

CRC Chief Executive Jacqueline Irwin said: “Maureen Hetherington has been instrumental in developing pathways to peace and reconciliation in her home city from her days as community relations officer of Derry City Council.

“She led the way with her creative vision for the Derry~Londonderry area, taking risks, establishing relationships and building the stepping stones for peace in communities that had been polarised due to our conflict.

“Her innovative approach has developed throughout her years of experience and she now shares this knowledge across countries recovering from conflict while continuing to work at home building the vision of Derry~Londonderry as an ethical, shared and inclusive society.”

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