TREVOR TEMPLE, The Historical Researcher
Trevor Temple is a highly respected researcher and renowned local historian. He received his early education at Carlisle Road Primary School and Clondermott Secondary School, Londonderry. He later re-entered the educational system as a mature student gaining a BA Honours Degree in Combined Humanities from the University of Ulster, Coleraine.
Since then, Trevor has contributed many articles to local newspapers, completed a book entitled "Saint Columba A Protestant Dilemma Revisited" and compiled the Diamond War Memorial Project's "Commemorative Diary 2008". In his spare time, Trevor enjoys music, films, books and walking
MARY MC ELHINNEY, The Project Coordinator
Mary Mc Elhinney, the Project's Coordinator, has had an eclectic career. She achieved a 1st Class Honours Degree in Professional Development in Education as well as receiving the prestigious Biggar and the Leslie Jarvis Awards from the University of Ulster (U.U.). Mary was a teacher for over 30 years, worked for the Western Education & Library Board for 3 years and lectured in Magee, U.U. for 5 years.
Since retiring from teaching, Mary has been involved in promoting good Community Relations and has worked with young people and adults on a range of projects such as the "Seeing Sense Prejudice Challenge", "Good Relations and Cultural Diversity", The Mayor's Initiative - "Prejudice Face On", "Off the Streets" and the "Right to Hope Project" etc. Since she began working on the Diamond War Memorial Project, Mary has been trying to eradicate many of the myths and misconceptions associated with the Cenotaph while promoting it as a shared space for all to appreciate and respect. She also lobbied Derry City Council to have the locked gates around the DWM opened to the Public. This was a great success.
Mary was commissioned by "The Right to Hope Project" to produce educational materials which would benefit educators and community workers. So in 2007, "Icebreakers" - an activity book for teachers and youth workers- was published. She also collaborated with Trevor Temple to produce the Diamond War Memorial Project's "2008 Commemorative Diary", which commemorated the 90th Anniversary of the end of World War 1. She has dabbled in many hobbies such as golf, amateur dramatics, swimming, mountaineering and travelling. Mary is also a qualified Gymnastics, Rock-climbing and Canoeing Instructor. As an experienced and trained facilitator in Mediation, Conflict Resolution, Facilitation and Youth Work, Mary continues to work in the Community and Voluntary sector.