Ted is this year's top opera volunteer
Longtime volunteer with Wexford Festival Opera Ted Howlin was honoured for his dedicated service when he was announced as the winner of the Ecclesiastical/Wexford Festival Opera Volunteer of the Year Award.
The former chairman of Wexford County Council was presented the award from the stage of the National Opera House just before the first public dress rehearsal of the 2015 festival. Fellow volunteers and family members watched from the audience as Artistic Director David Agler and John Devitt, Ecclesiastical Insurance Head of Business Development gave the worthy winner his prize.
Reflecting on this year's recipient, Chairman of Wexford Festival Opera Ger Lawlor said that Ted was an example of 'volunteering at its best' since he first got involved 45 years ago.
'Ted's unique friendliness, charm and sense of humour has defined the Festival's customer service model since,' he said. 'His cheery "how are you" and warm handshake continues to impress all who meet and work with him.'
Ted is known as one of the key faces of the Wexford Festival Opera. He first began volunteering in the early seventies, when he assisted Jim Golden in the props department. Since then, Ted has held several different roles in the festival, including his current position as board member and director of patron care.
Each year, only one winner is chosen for the prestigious award, which is sponsored by Ecclesiastical Insurance. Commenting on their involvement with the award, David Lane, ,amaging Director of Ecclesiastical Ireland said: 'We believe it is incredibly important to recognise deserving individuals and leaders volunteering in their communities and I wish to congratulate Ted Howlin on winning this award and his dedicated work with the Festival.'