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The phrase ‘rising from the ashes’ may be a cliché for some but for Evelyn O’Toole, founder and CEO of trailblazing company Complete Laboratory Solutions (CLS) and 2017’s Entrepreneur of the Year, it literally describes her path to business success. CLS is now the largest privately owned contract laboratory in Ireland with two facilities, one in Rosmuc and the other on the outskirt of Galway city, yet Evelyn only founded the company after losing her first job when her employer’s premises was destroyed by fire.
More than 300 people from community and voluntary groups from all around County Galway were honoured at the Cathaoirleach’s Community Awards Ceremony last week in the Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe. The awards recognise and celebrate community and voluntary activity around County Galway. Twelve awards were up for grabs after a record number of nominations were received.
Not everyone identifies as male or female. Chris Ricketts always knew she did not fit comfortably into either category, and her doctors agreed. But Chris rejected the radical surgery and hormone therapy she was offered, because she felt there was nothing about her that needed to be reassigned.