Kildare and Wicklow ETB Newsletter Issue 11, PARTNERSHIPS - Page 45

Dorothy Lawlor is Course Coordinator for the Beauty Therapy department at Glenart College, Arklow, County Wicklow. Dorothy's adherence to high quality standards of care has led to the successful development of the Beauty Therapy course at Glenart College. Dorothy brought the CIBTAC qualifications of Body Therapy and Facial Electrical to Glenart and developed the one year course to a two year course. Then in 2006 Dorothy gained CIDESCO accreditation for the college after a very thorough inspection from CIDESCO Zurich. Every year she oversees the quality assurance for each of our three examining bodies. Her job is challenging and very rewarding. Last May Dorothy was elected to represent CIDESCO Ireland as Vice President of the organisation and in September she represented Ireland in Mumbai India at the CIDESCO International Congress.

At the moment CIDESCO Section Ireland of which Dorothy is Vice President are involved in helping advise CIDESCO Zurich on it's plans to put their qualification on the European framework and also involved in growing the Irish section. It was such an honour to be elected to this post by her peers and in the spirit of her career to date there has been a lot of work done and there is still a lot more work to do.

The CIDESCO World Congress took place this year in Mumbai, India. What a beautiful location for the Congress, India with it's vibrant colours, ancient history and warm welcome to all, has made this years Congress unforgettable. The Congress began with a welcome reception for all delegates at the Taj Lands End Hotel. It was wonderful to meet old friends and make new friends within the CIDESCO family.

All CIDESCO examiners were working hard together at the examiners meeting to make sure the CIDESCO standard is maintained throughout the world. On Saturday from 9 am to 5pm through the schools meeting all delegates discussed topics such as, the new format for case histories, online MCQ's, changes to how manicure and pedicure will be examined to mention a few areas. CIDESCO also put forward that they are in advanced negotiations to put the CIDESCO qualification on the European Framework. It is customary for all Congresses to host a culture night to showcase their culture and this was a fantastic opportunity for all the world sections to relax, recharge and enjoy their surroundings. What an amazing night!

Sunday is always a highlight starting with the General Assembly which is a meeting again from 9am to 5pm where all the world sections are represented. CIDESCO Section Ireland was represented this year by our president Mary O'Donoghue and Vice President Dorothy Lawlor. Broad but in depth discussions took place during the General Assembly on finance and curriculum development. The Gala Ball as always was full of glamour, beauty and style the Indian way. Such a beautiful evening with lots of Indian culture all delegates dancing and enjoying the evening after all of their hard work for their respective section.

The following days were filled with lectures with topics from "Hormones and their influence on pigmentation and ageing of the skin" to "Face and body contouring using RF( Radio Frequency) and HIFU( High intensity focuses ultrasound), a lot was learned from these lectures. During the exhibition we had a stunning opening ceremony, make up competition, closing ceremony and of course a varied and inspiring exhibition. Thank you India for an educational and varied Congress and thank you Glenart College for allowing full attendance to the congress from your college which has further enhanced our partnership with CIDESCO International.

Beauty Therapy at Glenart College Arklow