After attending Daliburgh School, Mary went on to Inverness Technical College to complete a Secretarial Course then joined the Hotel business for the next 6 years working in Uist, London, Paris and Munich. After starting a family she did some further education before attending Teacher Training College in Eastbourne. On completion of the course she worked for YMCA for 5 years in Youth Training. Mary then moved to Youth & Community Work in East Sussex Youth Service where she worked for 17 years in Eastbourne. She was responsible for several Capital Projects to develop facilities for young people as well as offering 4 evening club sessions across 4 centres in Eastbourne. On redundancy from East Sussex Mary returned to Uist to take over the family croft and has remained in Uist since. She has been employed by Ceòlas since 2003 and has actively contributed to its growth.
Iain is from Glenuig in Moidart but now lives in Benbecula and has been working with Ceòlas since 2004. Iain has been involved in music and the arts all his life. He started out as co-founder of the first Gaelic Repertory Theatre Co ‘Fir Chlis’ based in Harris in the Western Isles. He then went on to act and play in different Theatre companies and bands including 7;84, Ossian, Battlefield Band, Wolfstone etc.. and has travelled all over the world with them until he came off the road in 1997 and spent 6 years as Musician-in-Residence at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, the Gaelic College on the Isle of Skye. As well as working with Ceòlas he also tutors at Lews Castle College UHI, in Benbecula.
Peggy Ann MacMillan was brought up on the Island of Eriskay and lives in Frobost in South Uist with her husband and three children. She attended Cardonald College where she gained an NC in childcare and education. She has been working in Daliburgh School as a learning support auxiliary for the last 11 years and works with Ceòlas as an administration assistant and bookkeeper.
Liam is originally from Rhode Island and came to Scotland in 2008 to study Celtic and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh. He has a postgraduate degree in Publishing and has worked in the private and public sectors, including at Bòrd na Gàidhlig in 2016-17. He possess an understanding of Gaelic development nationally and works to increase the amount of Gaelic online from Ceòlas and other Uist groups. The post is funded by our core funders and by the Scottish Government and European Community LEADER programme for Innse Gall.
After over 25 years practising as an Architect I moved to Uist a couple years ago to take some time out from my professional life to study on the UHI Fine Art Degree Course based at Taigh Chearsabhagh.
Having made a decision to stay on the islands and to find ways to augment my art practice and life here, I’m really delighted to join the Cnoc Soilleir team and be able to bring my experience and skills to support this exciting project.
Catherine will be situated at LCC, Benbecula Campus; 01851 770 516 College phone number; 07747882622.
Fionna, originally from New Zealand, worked for many years as a secondary school teacher of English language. She is an avid fiddle player and cèilidh dancer and has attended the Ceòlas summer school for several years. Most recently, she completed the STREAP course for those preparing to teach in GME, based at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig.
Fionna will be working to create a localised curriculum for Gaelic language learning which is rooted in Uist. This will rely substantially on traditional knowledge and the cultural, heritage and linguistic resources of the Uist community. She also markets and administers Ceòlas’ immersion courses.