Posts tagged Social Driver
Frank Field MP Demonstrates Climate Change Entrepreneurship in Parliament

Frank Field MP is something of an oddity around Westminster and a perfect grassroot diplomat.

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Baroness Kidron on the Edge of Madness

Baroness Beeban Kidron OBE recently became a grassroot diplomat for her fresh and innovative approach to educating young people on a smorgasbord of cultures and issues.

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Home Away from Home for Ex-Pat Romanians

he Embassy of Romania in the UK has shown great leadership in serving its ex-pat community in Britain. Here is why they were awarded the Grassroot Diplomat Honouree.

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Ambassador of Sports and Interfaith Diplomacy

It is rare for an Ambassador to work so hard on issues that are not too close to the embassy mission. That is why we awarded the Polish Ambassador with the Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award.

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Kenyan High Commissioner HE Lazarus Amayo Nominated for Diaspora Engagement

His Excellency Lazarus Ombai Amayo, High Commissioner of Kenya to the Court of St James is nominated for his close engagement with the Diaspora community. The main focus of the High Commission is to enhance relations with the United Kingdom, Switzerland, the Commonwealth and the International Maritime Organisation. However, this has not distracted Mr Amayo from his responsibilities to his community.

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Austrian Ambassador HE Dr Martin Eichtinger Nominated for Non-Government Interactions

Ambassador of Austria HE Dr Martin Eichtinger is nominated for varied cultural work in the non-government environment. The Ambassador has focused much of his work around culture and interacting with non-government organisations within this area. His Excellency was responsible for an exhibition marking 70 years of United Nations, and 60 years of Austria’s membership into the UN. Vienna has been a hub for internationals organisations and has now frequently been the venue for peace negotiations. 

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John Glen MP Nominated for the Veteran’s Village

John Glen MP of Salisbury is nominated for his involvement with the Veteran’s Village. In his role as MP, Mr Glen has been an advocate for individuals and families, both within his constituency and across the UK, who are living in poverty. Mr Glen, who believes that “there is more to poverty than economics”, has been a supporter of the Troubled Families Programme, which focuses on truancy and anti-social behaviour rather than measures of individual income.

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Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns Nominated for Charitable Marathon Runs

Secretary of State for Wales Rt Hon Alun Cairns MP for Salisbury is nominated for his long-standing commitment to raising money for local charities. Mr Cairns described the lifestyle of an MP to being “lonely” where one can succumb into unhealthy eating habits and unbalanced lifestyle. As a motivation to keep active, Mr Cairns decided to commit himself to running the London Marathon every year with the goal of raising money for local charities within his constituency.

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Embassy of Romania Nominated for Supporting Non-Governmental Initiatives

The Embassy of Romania in the UK have been nominated for their work on the League for Romanian Students Abroad. Through the introductory initiative of Chargé d’Affaires a.i., Mr Cosmin Onisii, the Romanian embassy has been a long supporter of the League of Romanian Students Abroad (LSRS).

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Polish Ambassador HE Witold Sobkow Nominated for Sports and Interfaith Diplomacy

Ambassador of Poland HE Witold Sobków is nominated for initiatives related to sports diplomacy and interfaith engagement. The Embassy has been focusing its sports diplomacy on volleyball and football, where Polish teams have demonstrated drive and achieved much success across the UK.

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Croatian Ambassador HE Ivan Grdesic Nominated for Croatian Cultural Expansion

HE Ivan Grdešić has been nominated for his work on showcasing the culture and talent of Croatia within the European Union. The political and diplomatic landscape of Croatia changed significant after the accession of Croatia into the EU in July 2013. As the 28th member of the club, the EU confirmed that Croatia belongs to the European democratic and cultural set of values which the embassy had readily embraced.

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Sharon Hodgson MP Nominated for Holiday Hunger Campaign

Sharon Hodgson MP is nominated for her work on ensuring that children have meals during school breaks. Ms Hodgson has been a prominent voice in campaigns for children to have a decent meal during school break, after successfully securing commitment from the Prime Minister in protecting free school meals for children.

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High Commissioner of Botswana HE Roy Warren Blackbeard Nominated for Service to Diplomatic Corps

HE Roy Warren Blackbeard, High Commissioner of Botswana to the Court of St James, is nominated for his longstanding service to the Diplomatic Corps in the UK. Mr Blackbeard is the second longest serving Ambassador in the UK, where he was appointed in 1998. He is also the Dean of the African Union Heads of Mission and the Commonwealth.

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Keith Vaz MP Nominated for Diabetes Charity Silver Star

Keith Vaz MP for Leicester East is shortlisted for the Grassroot Diplomat Initaitive Award for founding of diabetes charity, Silver Star. Silver Star seeks to raise awareness of diabetes through advocacy and delivery of free diabetes testing and lifestyle advice to the general public. Diabetes can be a killer when undiagnosed, and can lead to devastating complications including lower limb amputation, blindness and cardiovascular disease.

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Julie Cooper MP Nominated for Campaign to Save the Chai Centre

Julie Cooper MP for Burnley has been nominated for the campaign to save vital community centre, the Chai Centre in Stoneyholme. The Chai Centre is described as an open access healthy living centre for the community with a café, gym and sauna. The centre is in one of the most deprived parts of town and provides the local community, with facilities that bring people together in one of the most positive ways. The centre has become a casualty of cuts.

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Lord Raj Loomba Nominated for Awareness of the Rights of Widows

Lord Loomba CBE is nominated for his longstanding work on the global rights of widowers through his charity, Loomba Foundation – the only organisation in the world to work on this important issue. The inspiration to start work at the Loomba Foundation came from Lord Loomba’s late mother, Shrimati Pushpa Wati Loomba, who became a widow at the early age of 37 and succeeded in educating her seven young children single-handed.

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