Duggan Veterinary Supplies’ marketing and communications manager, Brian O’Callaghan, has been appointed chairperson of Active Disability Ireland.
The Limerick native succeeds Jon Morgan, who served as chairperson for the past four years and brings a wealth of experience in the areas of disability and inclusion to his new role at the national organisation.
He joins the organisation following the recent launch of its new five-year strategy and rebrand to Active Disability Ireland.
Active Disability Ireland
Under the new name, the organisation, which was established 15 years ago, remains committed to helping to build a more inclusive society to empower, encourage and support people with disabilities to be more active with “whom they want, when they want and where they want”.
With a background in business ownership and management before joining Duggan Veterinary Supplies, a veterinary pharmaceutical and instrumentation company, Brian has also dedicated numerous years to volunteering for organisations promoting inclusion and diversity in sport.
He has held management positions for Special Olympics Ireland at World Games in Los Angeles 2015, Abu Dhabi 2019, and Berlin 2023.
Also, he was on the games organising committee for Irish Games in Limerick 2014 and Dublin 2018.
Beyond his professional endeavours, he is also known by many as the producer of his son’s motivational podcast – ‘The Paudcast’.
It has garnered worldwide acclaim promoting the mantra that ‘disability does not mean inability’, and both are huge advocates of promoting healthy, active lifestyles.
Speaking about his appointment, Brian commented, “At Duggan Veterinary Supplies, this year we have placed a huge emphasis on our CSR and Environmental policies, in line with United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals.”
“What better way to show how serious we are than by leading by example.”
“All the management and staff at Duggan Veterinary Supplies have embraced our new strategies and have been fully supportive of my new appointment.”
He said he is “truly honoured” to have been appointed chairperson of such a “highly skilled” board and is “excited” to carry on the “excellent work” already underway in achieving and exceeding ambitions as outlined in its 2027 strategy document.
He concluded: “I particularly look forward to working with all existing corporate partners whilst also diversifying and bringing new corporate partners on the shared journey, creating opportunities to lead healthy, active lifestyles for all, regardless of ability or disability.”
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