Champion is nominated for Community Personality Award.

Wow! Couldn’t believe this one when it landed. Nominated for the ‘Echo Pride of Merseyside Award’….shine in your community.
Shortlisted for the Award of Community Personality!

Well, I do smile a lot,
chat a lot
and I do go on a bit about the Culture Champions and all the brilliant things happening in Liverpool.

But, when something like this happens, Captain Paranoia tends to be on your shoulder, tapping away with……..
Who was it? Who nominated you?
Why did they nominate you?
This tends to follow you around and it’s constantly on your mind and in your head; and then you start to look closely at people and wonder, was it you….or you….but in the end, you just give in and begin to think about the other things that might have contributed to the nomination, then it all begins to make sense.

This summer, I spent time networking and giving talks at Liverpool’s International Festival of Business, working with Santander on conferences, and gaining valuable publicity for the Liverpool Culture Champions, which was highlighted on the ‘Business Festival Culture’ site during those summer months.
Networking in those Festival weeks was close, with local business partners and Internationally with the different delegates attending the conferences.
The Business Festival was important many-fold; but from a cultural perspective, being in Liverpool, it saw the potential as I did in ‘heritage tourism being important to our economy’, what with the ‘Giants’ link to Titanic and WWI…… it does bring in valuable interest and revenue to promote and support other projects in the city.

I was pleased to support and see ‘Resonate’ the Liverpool music school for talented pupils go from strength to strength, with its own choir performing at the Echo Arena, and both senior and junior orchestras pulsating with talent around Liverpool waterfront venues.

LCVS Liverpool had its fair share of my input with attendance at several meetings to support and drive projects across the region. The recent work supporting NW NHS Academia Education in research into e-learning, and the new technology’s to enhance patient care through ICT will impact gradually throughout the UK, and I fully support the initiatives such as LJMU using ‘Culture’ in digital learning to delay dementia in patients.

Projects with LJMU have been supported and have included ‘diversity’ studies, language and education with……. ‘Culture’ always on the agenda.

Throughout my travels, I found that Liverpool culture generally and its brilliant involvement with the Merseyside people, has become a perfect example in Europe, of how to ‘get it right’.
While I was supporting work in the EU at Bruges University Belgium, Krakow University Poland and numerous projects in Eastern Europe developing literacy and ‘reader’ type organisations, I found that the people I met, saw the city of Liverpool as a perfect example of the way forward in cultural initiatives.
I applaud the organisations and events in Liverpool that take people on a journey of heritage, art, sport and music each year to enhance our well-being and give a role to the many cultural representatives in the city.

My work in education spans 35 years in mainstream, in both Merseyside and Greater Manchester, but there has been 15 years voluntary work in establishing and contributing as an educational consultant to the Liverpool Polish School. This now has over 200 pupils on a Saturday; learning a language and culture which has supported many costumed Festivals in Liverpool. But, the outreach work here has also contributed to the high results in mainstream education in Liverpool schools, with Polish children gaining high ‘O’ and ‘A’ Level language grades along with good L5’s in primary children’s attainment.
This year has given me another Award from the British Academy of Schools Languages to compliment last years, with another trip down to London and all the media attention that goes with it. This was an initiative I devised using the artist L.S.Lowry’s paintings to teach languages, in a cross-curricular manner using software animation techniques and digital books and digital ‘speech bubbles’ to raise standards of literacy in foreign languages.

I have been involved in health related activities this year which have supporting Knowsley’s ‘Great Outdoors’ Project. They have certainly kept me busy and healthy each week, and I thank the great friendships drawn up over the past year, friendships which are lasting and memorable.

The other week at the Jaguar Land Rover Conference Centre, a millionaire staged a show telling us how he achieved the position of financial stability at the age of seventeen. I enjoyed networking at that event especially meeting delegates from Hull, future European City of Culture. Well, couldn’t resist singing the praises of Liverpool’s success over the years……. and they were all ears!

I suppose someone in the above mentioned activities I’ve been involved with, nominated me and I haven’t even mentioned all the theatre and musical events which have given fantastic opportunities to network and promote Liverpool’s offerings .

The Culture Champions in Liverpool are unique, and something Merseyside, I am sure, is proud of. It’s a great team oozing with enthusiasm.
We all celebrate the Echo Pride of Merseyside Awards.
Being shortlisted for the award is brilliant, receiving the award would be an honour.

All nominees I am told will feature in the Echo and online over the coming weeks and the winner will be announced on Friday 21st November at the Isla Gladstone, Liverpool.
Can’t wait!!!!

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One response to “Champion is nominated for Community Personality Award.”

  1. PAMELA HARRISON says :

    Hi Andre! I met you while waiting for a bus outside the cathedral on 21st July. I had been to the samba festival parade the day before and we had a conversation about this and your work as a culture champion. I didn’t nominate you but i fully endorse the nomination.
    Pamela Harrison

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