Latest Laois News: Kilminchy School House Director named Laois Entrepreneur of Year
Sonya Duggan honoured with prestigious County Accolade by All-Ireland Business Foundation
Sonya Duggan, the Director of Kilminchy School House, has been honoured as the Business All-Star Laois Entrepreneur of the Year 2024 by the All-Ireland Business Foundation. This marks her fourth consecutive year receiving the prestigious Business All-Star recognition, underscoring her remarkable dedication.
Sonya’s commitment extends beyond mere identification of industry challenges; she actively champions and promotes innovative initiatives and solutions. Her focus is on ensuring that the early years sector not only attracts but also retains exceptional individuals for the present and future. Her unwavering dedication to this cause serves as both an inspiration and a crucial element for the improvement of education and childcare services.
As the Director of Kilminchy School House, an acclaimed Montessori School in Portlaoise, Sonya has played a pivotal role in creating a nurturing learning environment since the school’s establishment in September 1999. Geared towards children aged 1–10 years, the school encourages creative exploration of the world through various teaching approaches inspired by Reggio, Steiner, and Forest School methodologies. The result is a unique, stimulating, and comprehensive learning experience within a top-tier environment.
The success of Kilminchy School House is attributed to its commitment to providing high-quality staff, excellent facilities, and fostering a caring, friendly culture. Sonya’s passion for Early Years Education and Care is evident, as she serves as a dedicated advocate for Quality and Holistic Education, Equality, and ensuring a level playing field for all providers. Her enduring impact on the education sector continues to make a significant contribution to the community.
Reacting to the news of her achievement, Kilminchy School House Director, Sonya Duggan said: I am delighted to receive All-Star Accreditation as Laois Entrepreneur of the Year. This is our 4th year to be accredited and on behalf of our whole team in both our schools, we will continue to strive to do our best for our children and parents. This accreditation recognises all the hard work we put in to ensure they continue to get the best care and service Kilminchy School House can offer. It gives us such a sense of pride and achievement in our work.
Announcing the news of Sonya Duggan’s achievement, Deputy Chair of AIBF’s Adjudication Board, Kieran Ring, said: This accolade is in recognition of Sonya Duggan, Kilminchy School House’s outstanding performance during her audit for Business All-Star accreditation. The result of the audit saw Sonya being honoured with Business All-Star Laois Entrepreneur Of The Year 2024 accreditation. This is Sonya’s fourth consecutive year being named a Business All-Star, a remarkable achievement. Sonya’s determination goes beyond identifying the challenges faced by the industry. She actively seeks and promotes innovative initiatives and solutions, ensuring the early years sector attracts and retains exceptional individuals now and in the future. Her unwavering commitment to this cause is both inspiring and essential for the betterment of education and childcare services.
Managing Director of the All-Ireland Business Foundation, Kapil Khanna, said: The accreditation, which is now held by over 650 firms, is needed by the thousands of small and medium businesses which operate to their own standards but have nothing to measure them by.
He said: “We evaluate a company’s background, trustworthiness and performance, and we speak to customers, employees and vendors. We also anonymously approach the company as a customer and report back on the experience. The business goes through at least two interviews and is scored on every part of the process against set metrics.”
The All-Ireland Business Foundation (AIBF) is an autonomous national accreditation body tasked with enterprise development and the promotion of Best-in-Class in Irish business.
The Foundation actively engages and supports its network through peer dialogue, collaboration, mentoring and enterprise development activities. Companies are qualified for accreditation by completing an enterprise audit and are identified by their use of the AIBF’s Business All-Star Marque.