Our Story began in Jan 2016 when Alex went to a house party in the Greenmount area, Cork City and took a synthetic substance believing it to be a less potent drug. Alex ended up taking a huge dose of the lethal drug known as Nbomb which resulted in him being brought to CUH where Alex never regained consciousness and subsequently 4 days later sadly passed away after being pronounced brain-dead. Alex changed the lives of 4 people by donating 2 of his kidneys, his liver and his heart but Alex’s story did not end here. Alex’s sister, Nicole, wanted what happened to her family to never need to happen to another so needlessly again so she decided that Alex would change the world and she would be his catalyst and his storyteller.
Nicole gave up her career to come home and build Alex’s Adventure. Over the last 3 years Nicole has travelled the length and breadth of the country visiting schools and delivering her workshop educating and sharing how our choices can impact our lives forever. Nicole has visited over 50+ schools, colleges & youth clubs and has delivered this workshop to over 5000+ students nationwide. From this life changing experience Alex’s Adventure, the blended learning workshop was born. Nicole and her team developed a brand-new programme that aims to not only help the students learn more about substance misuse but also to upskill teacher and empower them to be able to do what Nicole does.
The junior cycle SPHE curriculum is embedded into the new programme which has 4 lesson plans and online platform for effective learning and delivery. Alex’s story continues...
Alex's sister and the founder of Alex's Adventure and extremely passionate about informative and current drug education for students. Nicole has been facilitating drug education workshops for the past two years focusing on New Psychoactive Substances. Nicole is currently enrolled at UCC studying Substance Misuse & Addiction Studies and strongly believes in reducing the harms associated with drugs in our communities and was also awarded Humanitarian of the Year 2018 for Munster with JCI Cork. Having completed the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Academy 2018 and Nicole is now enrolled in the UCC Ignite Business Programme 18/19.
Tríona Ní Chualáin is an Irish and English teacher originally from Carna, Connemara, Co. Galway. She undertook her Liberal Arts degree in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick and continued her education in the University of Limerick where she completed her PME in Languages. As a second level teacher, Tríona has knowledge and skills in teaching strategies, methodologies and more importantly, she understands the needs of both the teacher and the students. She is hardworking, dedicated, passionate and professional in her approach to teaching. Nothing is more important to her than guiding her students and facilitating a safe, nurturing and educational environment where students can not only reach their potential, academically but also become well rounded, informed and responsible individuals.
Caroline Dowling is business group president at Flex, a $26 billion, industry-leading, Fortune Global 500 electronics manufacturing services provider with more than 200,000 employees and operations in 30 countries. In this role, she leads the Communications and Enterprise Compute Business Group, comprised of an international team focused on design, manufacturing and services providing end-to-end solutions worldwide for the telecom, networking, server, storage, and converged infrastructure markets. She is also responsible for managing Flex’s Global Service & Solutions, a $1 billion business unit. Prior to this role Caroline held several senior executive roles at Flex over the past 16 years including President of NOVO & technical services and SVP of Global business development.
Dr Sharon Lambert joined the teaching staff in the School of Applied Psychology in January 2015 following a number of years working with marginalised young people and their families. Sharon’s research interests revolve primarily around inclusion health in the areas of mental health, substance dependence, homelessness and trauma and consequent impacts on service design and delivery. Sharon regularly delivers training to professionals working with young people on the impact of child and adolescent trauma and consequent issues. Sharon also presents at psychology conferences and has delivered training seminars in Investigative Psychology to the Metropolitan Police in the U.K. and to the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Ireland. In addition, Sharon worked as a lecturer on induction and training courses within An Garda Síochána. Sharon has also acted as a special advisor to Garda Working Groups, the EU and the UK Home Office.
Dr. Samantha Dockray is a lecturer in the School of Applied Psychology, University College Cork. Her key interests relate to the application of psychobiological models of behaviour and emotions, including diatheses-stress frameworks to understand the development of externalising behaviours, health and positive wellbeing. Samantha has particular interest in the health and wellbeing of people at periods of transition, such as adolescence and emerging adulthood, and during periods of stress. Samantha completed a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a BSc. Biomedical Science Honours at Victoria University, Australia before completing her PhD in Biobehavioral Health at The Pennsylvania State University. Samantha has also held academic positions at the School of Psychology, City University London, and the School of Biomedical Science, Victoria University, Australia.
Ted is the Chief Executive of Cork Education and Training Board and is also the Governing body member Cork Institute of Technology and University College Cork.
Ted is also the Chairperson Cairde Chorcaí, which was established in 2018 and aims to support Cork GAA inter county teams and to supplement the efforts of Coiste Chontae Chorcaí in underage coaching and the provision of training facilities for teams. Ted is Chairperson of Cork Local Sports Partnership and board member Cork Development Forum and Leisureworld.
Lia is a people person with a diverse background starting with childcare, retail, law, completed the Ignite Innovation Programme, that then led her to set up Atreli a recruitment consultancy specialising in the legal area. Her latest roles were managing the Bank of Ireland Workbench, a free co-working and events space and a Product Manager with Think Visual a creative consultancy where she was part of the team bringing ShapeScape to market a visual tool for mapping stakeholders. Lia is also studying behavioural analysis and content writing. Lia is a Commercial Recruitment Consultant with Collins McNichoals where she gets to help people every day get jobs. Outside of work is also finishing up her role as the 2018 Junior Chamber International President Cork. She is also a big sister in the Foróige Big Brother Big Sister program. Lia is a creative person and problem solver at heart and loves nothing more than doing a good deed. Her motto in life is be the person that does something, do not wait to change the world around you but actively look to change the world around you to make it a better place.
Co-Founder of Zeminar, Irelands biggest wellbeing and education movements, Ian is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland and member of the Irish Tax Institute. After training with Deloitte, he joined UBS Investment Bank in Sydney, spending 4 years there before transferring back to Ireland.
A devoted father of 2, Ian has a massive interest in human development and has volunteered for various NFPs in the youth and sporting sector.