Positive Role Model (LGBT)

Wayne Dhesi

  • 2 years ago
  • written by NDA

SHORTLISTED NOMINEE: 

POSITIVE ROLE MODEL AWARD FOR LGBT –


Wayne founded RUComingOut (a registered charity since 2016) in 2012 and continues to run the project as well as working full time for Stonewall as their Youth Programmes Manager. RUComingOut has over 300 ‘coming out’ stories submitted on their site and has been visited by very close to half a million people in over 160 countries. Wayne was named 15th most influential LGBTI person in Britain in the 2015 Independent on Sunday Rainbow list, and received a Points of Light award from Prime Minister David Cameron in 2016 for his work with the LGBT+ community. Wayne is also Attitude Magazine’s advice columnist, has chaired panels on LGBT+ issues at the Student Pride and Being A Man festivals, and appeared on This Morning offering coming out advice. Wayne has worked tirelessly since the age of 23 to support young LGBT folks, having a major impact along the way.


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SHORTLISTED NOMINEE: 

POSITIVE ROLE MODEL AWARD FOR DISABILITY –


Proud father Dan created a group of disabled heroes called The Department of Ability to highlight the shocking lack of inclusion for disabled children and young adults across the media industry. The Department of Ability was initially created for Dan’s wheelchair using daughter, Emily, who upon receipt of her first wheelchair was desperate to see relevant, everyday characters like herself in the media she consumed. The comic is due to be published this year worldwide via mainstream publication and has attracted supporters from across the globe. This is an unpaid job with Dan giving up work to concentrate on his family and push the diversity and inclusion agenda. Dan works tirelessly to highlight the issues faced by disabled young people with both him and Emily becoming activists, charity ambassadors and global speakers.


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2017 WINNER: 

POSITIVE ROLE MODEL AWARD FOR GENDER –


Robyn Smart is a groundbreaking children’s book author, mentor, and CEO for Unlimited You Empowerment Program. Robyn is currently taking the world by storm with her self-published children’s books that focus on diversity and the human experience. She is an inspiration for any woman experiencing obstacles in her path and struggling to surpass them. 5 years ago Robyn developed a mystery illness resulting in the loss of her speech and memory. She began having seizures and a plethora of other illnesses which still plague her to this day. Unable to pursue her career in law and bedridden most days, Robyn began to write. Her first book My Magic Scarf was born; A tale of a young girl faced with Leukemia, and most recently her new book Who Am I? has been published. Robyn is a true example of determination and resilience, demonstrating role modeling through her attributes and attitude to life.


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SHORTLISTED NOMINEE: 

POSITIVE ROLE MODEL AWARD FOR RACE, RELIGION & FAITH –


Alex Raikes MBE is Director (Strategic) of Stand Against Racism & Inequality (SARI), a specialist, charity dedicated to tackling hate crime and promoting equality and community cohesion across the Avon and Somerset area. SARI changed its’ charitable objectives in 2013 to allow it to support those facing other types of hate crime and to also promote equality and diversity for those with any legally protected characteristics. Alex is renowned for her passion, drive and specialist and practical knowledge on the implications of all forms of hate crime, in particular racist attacks and on delivering services to victims. She has an extensive knowledge of other equalities and support services in the region and during her time in SARI has been instrumental in implementing core procedures, developing anti-racist/ equalities related partnerships, designing and providing specialist interventions and projects in response to the many demands on SARI.


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SHORTLISTED NOMINEE: 

POSITIVE ROLE MODEL AWARD FOR RACE, RELIGION & FAITH –


Tony is an entrepreneur, singer-songwriter, award winning author & Empowerment Coach. For 25 years he’s been investing in some of society’s most disadvantaged people, transforming lives through creating and delivering holistic programmes and workshops, just as his mentor did for him 35 years ago when, as a teenager, he made himself intentionally homeless in pursuit of his purpose. In 2003, Tony founded Urban Voice UK which invested more than £1.5 million pounds into empowering ambitious individuals enabling women and young people from the Black and Ethnic communities to express their musical and entrepreneurial talents. As a result many individuals have gone on to achieve success in a variety of careers across the globe including music artists Alexandra Burke and Leona Lewis to name a few. This October his Grow Personal Success and Business Coaching programme celebrates their 5th NatWest Bank supported Awards.


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SHORTLISTED NOMINEE: 

POSITIVE ROLE MODEL AWARD FOR GENDER –


Bharulata is a real life story of determination, perseverance, bravery, tenacity and indomitable courage of a lone woman fighter who rose from the lowest strata of life. She is considered a role model by many females. Childhood was tough; having lost her father at young age, life brought many struggles including the prejudice of family members towards girls. Abandoned by her mother, she suffered incredible cruelty. Traumatized from her early years, Bharulata turned her life around and has dedicated her time to highlighting the inequality and injustice young girls face across the world. Last year, Bharulata drove solo from the UK to India, driving 35,838 kilometres across 32 countries and the Arctic circle, to raise awareness of “Save Girl, Educate Girls” campaign. On the face of hardships and difficulties, through her sheer grit, determination and self-belief, Bharulata has achieved milestones.


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Positive Role Model (LGBT)

Emma Cusdin

  • 2 years ago
  • written by NDA

2017 WINNER: 

POSITIVE ROLE MODEL AWARD FOR LGBT –


Emma Cusdin has over 20 years experience in Human Resources having worked for global financial services organisations. She is currently a People Director with Aviva and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development. Emma is an openly trans woman, having transitioned in 2009, and is passionate about raising awareness of trans issues. She has spoken at many events, is a trustee for Gires and sits on the trans advisory group for LGBT insurance company Emerald Life. Emma co-founded trans*formation, the UK’s largest professional networking organisation for trans* individuals, their friends and colleagues. Through the creation of Trans*formation and her hugely professional approach to building understanding, she has become a stand out role model in the trans community. Emma has helped educate so many people about the challenges and opportunities for those transitioning.


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SHORTLISTED NOMINEE: 

POSITIVE ROLE MODEL AWARD FOR AGE –


Moawia is being recognised for his unpaid services to the voluntary sector and his tireless public work over the last two decades. He holds many titles and positions; Director, Non-Executive Director, Board Member, Trustee, Governor, Mentor, Lecturer, Trainer and Ambassador. He is the youngest and one of very few ethnic minorities on over 14 various boards, charities and associations that he is currently active with. In any given week, he could either be monitoring a health facility for the (CHC) Community Health Council, monitoring a prison for the (IMB) Independent Monitoring Board, providing Through-The-Gate-Mentoring with (PACT) for ex-offenders from Welsh Prisons or inspecting conditions in courts for (PECS). Moawia is active with charities like the Order of St.John and Upper-Hand Charity, an organisation he founded to provide health and education in South Asia. He has raised approx. £145,000 for these charities.


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SHORTLISTED NOMINEE: 

POSITIVE ROLE MODEL AWARD FOR GENDER –


Born into a very strict family who did not believe in education for girls, Nusrat was removed from school aged fourteen and sent to Pakistan. She was not allowed to go to university after her A levels, instead was taken abroad to be married to a relative. Her forced marriage broke down due to extreme domestic violence. Nusrat then entered university as a mature student and single mum. Nusrat graduated with BA honours in English literature and won scholarships to complete legal qualifications. She was awarded an honorary LLB honours. Nusrat later founded Chadwell Heath Asian women’s Network to provide counselling, support and a safe space for other Asian women. She is now completing LLM honours.
Nusrat has pushed boundaries and against all odds followed her path to success, inspiring a new generation of women to break barriers.


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SHORTLISTED NOMINEE: 

POSITIVE ROLE MODEL AWARD FOR GENDER –


At 6 years old, Helen contracted a potentially fatal kidney disease which resulted in her being hospitalised for 6 years. During this time she was sexually abused. Throughout her teens Helen battled with anorexia, bulimia, anxiety and was a prolific self-harmer. Determined to use her own pain to help others, Helen utilised her drama degree to enable people with mental health issues, those who were isolated and disaffected and those with disabilities to express themselves. One group she worked with was a support group for young people with Autism, called CASPA. Over the last 15 years she has plunged herself into developing this amazing organisation into the successful, beautiful charity it is today. This remarkable individual has used the tragic events in her own life to propel herself forward and rise above to model resilience and determination and instill it in others.


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