Commissioner’s office hails North Down & Ards U3A artist

Eddie Lynch, Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland (COPNI) has congratulated North Down & Ards U3A member Olga Theron after her design was chosen as part of COPNI’s Christmas Card competition.

Olga was one of many people who responded to the call for older artists across Northern Ireland to submit designs for COPNI’s annual Christmas card which was distributed to hundreds of people across Northern Ireland. Many excellent pieces of art were submitted and the decision to choose just one was difficult.

Eddie Lynch, The Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland said: “Older people make many vibrant, positive contributions to all aspects of society including the arts. This is why it’s so important to celebrate the work of local, older artists.

“I would like to thank all those who took the time to send in a design, and congratulate Olga on the beautiful piece of art which was chosen to be turned into my Christmas card.”

To view the Olga’s winning design, visit



For further information, contact Rebecca Kelly, Communications and Engagement Assistant, Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland.

Tel: 02890 890897



Notes to editor

  1. The Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland was established in 2011 and is a non-departmental public body. Both the Commissioner and the office are sponsored by the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister but are operationally independent. The Commissioner’s principal aim is to safeguard and promote the interests of older people, which is defined by legislation as including those aged 60 and over, and in exceptional circumstances, those aged 50 or over. The Commissioner has promotional, advisory, educational and general investigatory duties and powers.
  2. The University of the Third Age (U3A) is a movement which provides, through the various U3As, life-enhancing and life-changing opportunities. Retired and semi-retired people come together through their U3A to learn. It is supported by the Third Age Trust. For more information, visit