Honouring, Remembering & Valuing our Brothers with Love
Homeschool Social Enterprise thanks the members of The Sisters Empowerment Circle for hosting the momentous event 'Honouring, Remembering & Valuing our Brothers with Love' which took place on 29th June 2019 at Malika House, 81 George Street, Lozells, Birmingham, B19 1NS.
During the event, selected members of the community were invited as Award Nominees and were recognised for their active participation as leaders within the Birmingham Community.
Amongst the nominees was our very own Head Teacher, Colin Rankine who felt honoured to be considered in the midst of a range of such talented and noble men.
We thought that the wealth of information at the event was so rich, that we just had to continue the celebration, thus deciding to share the biographies of those who received an award. Enjoy your read!
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'For 7 years Tony has been a Diabetes UK Community Champion Volunteer devoting his time educating all communities in the West Midlands and further afield about health and well-being in relation to diabetes...On average he does 130 diabetes community events per year in Britain.'
British born Tony Kelly was raised in Jamaica and returned to England in 1979 where he lives in Birmingham with his family. As a Mico Teachers’ College graduate, he taught English Language/Literature and Religious Education in high schools in Kingston. Tony worked in local & central government for 30 years before early retirement as a middle manager specialising in equality, equity and diversity. Among his qualifications is a Masters degree in Socio-Legal Studies from The University of Birmingham.
For 7 years Tony has been a Diabetes UK Community Champion Volunteer devoting his time educating all communities in the West Midlands and further afield about health and well-being in relation to diabetes, a medical condition which runs in his family. He is proud to have controlled his type 2 diabetes with physical activity and diet since being diagnosed 15 years ago and has never taken medication. Thus proving it can be done with the right mindset, discipline, motivation and determination.
Tony writes for the Phoenix newspaper and is in demand for radio and television interviews about type 2 diabetes. He is a Patient Lead for the National Health Service, Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group. He has featured in healthy lifestyle videos with some on the internet, emphasising his positive approach in managing/controlling his diabetes. He did diabetes awareness sessions in Dominica, July 2018 and June 2019 in Canada. On average he does 130 diabetes community events per year in Britain.
Winner of the following awards:
1. 2015Diabetes UK Regional Campaigning & Raising Awareness Award.
2. 2017 Diabetes UK Regional Reaching Out and Connecting Award
3. 2017 Association of Jamaican Nationals Seven Heroes Award for contribution to the development of the Jamaican community & other Nationals in the United Kingdom.
4. 2017 Bexlive Award Community Champion: Celebrating People of Colour
5. 2017 Community Foundation: Community Inspiration Award, Health and Well-Being Award. Top 3 finalist.
As a renowned speaker, Tony is available for speaking engagements on health and diabetes awareness.
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"I'm the Author of four children’s books."
Hi, my name is Tony Meade. I'm the Author of four children’s books:
My Meddling Uncle
Magic Clock one
Magic Clock two
Tales from Figglesbury Farm
and also one adult book called Crossing Paths.
I'm in the process of getting ready to release my 2nd adult book called
A Vicar's Revenge.
I've been singing and entertaining for 30 years.
I have ten children, all grown up and now I'm concentrating on my books including talking books, maybe even children animations and I may possibly make a few films too.
Life has been very hard due to lack of education and the misfortune to suffer many mishaps, but I'm still alive and blessed.
'Colin has worked up and down the country as a Meat Inspector, a Technician, a Teacher and within his current roles as a Head Teacher, Pastor, Activist and Speaker.'
Book written by Colin Rankine:
Colin Rankine is a Community Activist from Wednesbury, Sandwell in the West Midlands. He has led an exciting, multi-skilled and varied career with its roots within the food industry. Starting out as a caterer, Colin later excelled himself when working as an advisor on a number of Public Health reports including E. coli and BSE when the outbreaks were rife.
Colin also excelled within his educational career where he was awarded the Governors Prize for Bolton University. He achieved a Bachelor’s Degree in the area of Business Administration which is complemented with a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and he later became a qualified examiner for English and Welsh boards. During this role, he converted several international papers to the English and Welsh language.
Colin has worked up and down the country as a Meat Inspector, a Technician, a Teacher and within his current roles as a Head Teacher, Pastor, Activist and Speaker.
Colin speaks several foreign languages that have aided his work to date. Concerned with the state of the education system, in 2010 Colin embarked on the journey of starting his own Christian Primary School – Homeschool Social Enterprise - which he now successfully leads in Wednesbury.
He is also recognised as one of the prominent voices for the homeless within Birmingham through Active Christians, a Christian ministry that he established in 2015.
Managing Director at Sunrise Bakery
'We are extremely proud of the fact that we are now feeding the 4th generation since the original Windrush pioneers.'
Sunrise Bakery was established in 1966 to service the growing Caribbean community in the West Midlands, mainly Birmingham and Wolverhampton.
Our route to market was through the independent shops which were themselves fulfilling the demand for food of a Caribbean nature.
We later expanded into the East Midlands, supplying into Leicester, Derby and Nottingham.
On leaving school I worked for the Midlands Electricity Board (MEB), but in 1982 I was drawn back to the family business, where some of my friends and I spent many very happy school holidays working.
By the summer of 1982, the company began a programme of expansion which took its geographical reach into London and the South East, Bristol and the South West, Manchester and Yorkshire and by the end of the eighties we gained a listing with Asda and later Tesco, followed by Sainsbury’s and Morrisons.
As a company we have a strong Community Ethos and the desire to raise the profile of Caribbean Food in the UK and beyond and we are extremely proud of the fact that we are now feeding the 4th generation since the original Windrush pioneers and are now seeing a greater appreciation of Caribbean culture of which food is playing a significant part.
IVAN JUNIOR MCFARLANE
'I can contribute to society by giving individuals support and advice to make a difference within the community by making positive changes to their lives no matter their past.'
I am going to give you an insight into my life experiences and why I believe I will be a great asset in supporting young people in today’s society.
I was a young man who had problems in school and found it very difficult to behave, that is the reason why I got expelled from school and I never really looked back. I thought I was ready for the ‘road’ lifestyle and what comes with it.
In further discussion upon my release after 13 years 'inside,' I witnessed first-hand just how much society had changed and the youth of today had no morals or respect for one another. This gave me a vision to try to bring something to society. I wanted to give youths the support that I wished I had whilst I was younger. My vision was to do something with the youth to help them achieve their full potential and to not throw their lives away by criminal activities to which could lead them to prison.
I decided I should bring my thoughts and ideas to society and in 2016 I began a project called 'Can You Relate' which gives individuals an opportunity to relate to others who may have issues that they may face or have faced in society. To support this project, I have built on my knowledge and recently completed two study courses: 'Mentoring Level 2 and Counselling Level 2.’
What I have achieved;
• Taken part in several universities doing presentations, lectures and seminars about my past experiences through the criminal justice system
• I’ve had the opportunity to go into HMP Feltham to give talks about my experiences
• I have been to other prisons, for example, HMP Wormwood Scrub, Hewell Grange Open and HMP Nottingham
• I have received the criminal justice alliance award for delivering equality and diversity within the HMP establishments
• I was involved in NeAs walk for homes around Nechells and Aston
• I also volunteered for 6 weeks at Rising Star were we ran the youth club for the 6 weeks holidays
My life experiences have made me the individual who I am today and even though I didn’t make the right decisions or follow the right pathways at times, I have made changes in my own life. I can contribute to society by giving individuals support and advice to make a difference within the community by making positive changes to their lives no matter their past.
We would also like to acknowledge the work of Ras Negus who recited an insightful poem inspired by the legendary Paul Bogle. Negus also provided 'Harry Joseph Juices' which were a welcomed refreshing drink to end the afternoon.