Pieta House is a centre for the prevention of self-harm and suicide, which Joan founded in 2006 due to a lack of suicide prevention services at the time.
Pieta House, which recently opened its Waterford facility on the Waterside, is the only organisation in the country providing a free and professional, face-to-face therapeutic service for people in the acute stages of distress.
In December 2014, Ms Freeman stepped down as CEO of Pieta Ireland and in June of this year, she was among the Taoiseach’s nominees to the Seanad, with her focus this year on child and adolescent mental health
The Annual Dinner is an opportunity for all Chamber members to come together, enjoy a social occasion and hear insights from a successful business leader.
Speaking about the upcoming event, Chamber President Laurent Borla stated: “Our Annual Dinner is one of the highlights from our events programme over the course of the year. We are delighted to welcome our main sponsor, Liberty Blue Estate Agents who are based locally in Parnell Street and a great supporter of Waterford Chamber. There is great demand for tickets this year and a lot of interest in our guest speaker, Joan Freeman.
“We will also welcome the Mayor of Waterford City and County Council, Cllr Adam Wyse and we look forward to hearing more on the plans for the further development of Waterford over the next few years.”
Laurent added: “As the economy improves, it is critical that Waterford plays its part as a key urban centre providing opportunity for job creation and sustainable economic growth.”
The event is sponsored by Liberty Blue Estate Agents, with Regina Mangan, Director of the company, stating: “We are delighted to sponsor this event, the Waterford Chamber Annual Dinner is a key event which brings together influential and successful business people for an enjoyable night out. We are all very much looking forward to hearing Joan’s inspiring story.”
For further details on the Annual Dinner see www.waterfordchamber.ie, for tickets contact Sheila on 051-872639 or email firstname.lastname@example.org