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International Committee for October 17 - Tricia McConalogue

Tricia McConalogue is the Director of Bridging-the-Gap, a charity in Scotland which seeks to build bridges for change in Glasgow. Bridging-the-Gap celebrate the good in their community, by providing the opportunities for people of diverse backgrounds to discover their common ground, overcome racism, sectarianism, territorialism and isolation. Tricia is passionate about social justice and believes in an equal society where everyone is treated with dignity.

Tricia previously worked for many years with the Glasgow Braendam Link, an organisation that ensured that people living in poverty were respected and listened to. This is when she first became involved with ATD Fourth World Movement. A long term friend and much valued supporter of the Movement for many years, Tricia was a delegate at the 1994 ATD Fourth World Family Congress in the United States and read out a testimony at the first 17 October commemoration that was held at the United Nations.

For the last 15 years, Tricia has helped to organise the 17 October celebrations in Glasgow. Every year people gather around the commemorative stone in George Square and celebrate the courage of people living in poverty.