Horace Barnes, known as H, is a historian specialising in the Caribbean contribution to English heritage and culture. This interest arose following the death of his uncle in 2007 when H wrote the eulogy based on stories recounted by his Uncle about his life when he came to England on board the Empire Windrush in 1948.
H’s account struck a chord with many who shared their experiences. Some spoke of injustices they suffered while others spoke with pride in serving their country. H began collecting accounts and found the more he uncovered the more he wanted to learn despite the emotions he was experiencing.
Seeking solace in his faith and with the support of family and friends, H channelled these feelings into writing a book answering the frequently asked question “Why are West Indians in this Country (WAWI)"? He self-published the book in 2009 and began a voluntary project of the same name highlighting the plight, contribution and sacrifices people from the British speaking Caribbean have made to King, Queen and Country.
The WAWI project has grown and with education at its core, continues to reveal many "hidden histories" and re-writing aspects of history which seeks to inspire people to work together for a better future for all.
Horace is a founder of this event. A dedicated Committee was formed in light of the Covid Pandemic with a view to promoting the incredible good within our society, whilst also showing that the UK, like our NHS, is made up of diverse individuals from home and overseas.
Jonah is coming to the end of a long career in the Royal Military Police and over the past 5 years has spent time promoting all aspects of inclusivity alongside diverse groups in Wales and the wider Armed Forces.
Along with his wife, Jonah is the founder of the Llandovery Motorbike Weekend which is aimed at sustainability, supporting vulnerable people in the community and enhancing all aspects of road safety, whilst also raising money for charities.
Jonah is also a Volunteer Mentor with the Prince's Initiative for Mature Enterprise (PRIME) Cymru.
He was invited to be the Joint Chair of this event as he feels strongly about the positve long term effects this annual activty will have.
Born in Birmingham to Jamaican parents, Chris is part of the Windrush Generation. He is a direct descendant of Africans but Chris is also proudly Welsh, lives in Torfaen and is a Rastafarian. This is living a way of life in which individuals show their respect for themselves, of others and the planet we all share through their words and actions. Chris’s work is based on these beliefs.
He is involved in many areas of Welsh and British society and lives in South Wales with his Welsh family. He brings his ideas and experiences to share with children and to help schools develop a ‘Fair and Friendly’ strategy, developing this approach.
Chris’ Consultancy seeks to bring a range of options into schools which will be of benefit to the students and the wider communities based on developing better understanding of a ‘Shared World History’. Chris is a founder of the Nye Bevan and People’s NHS Day.
Rhiannon lives with her family in South Wales where she has lived for most of her life. After school, she studied for a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Cardiff University.
Rhiannon is passionate about social justice and equalities which led her to get involved in the trade union movement and she currently sits on the Regional Equality Forum and Council of her union.
As a Chair of the management committee of a charity, Rhiannon has helped with the opening and development of a community-based Welsh-language nursery in her local area.
Rhiannon was invited to help with organising the event and to oversee the financial matters of the group. She was excited to join the group as she wanted to be a part of bringing recognition and joy to exceptional people in the UK.
Zonia is one of the founding members of the committee and is the sponsor of the Health and Morale Awards. Zonia specializes in social media, IT and Promotions.
In the committee's case Zonia knew she could help them in a meaningful way to hold virtual meetings that reaches the United Kingdom and overseas.
Zonia has worked for Birmingham City Council as an Income Service Management officer for over 20 years. In her spare time she runs a homebased Travel Business helping clients booking their cruises, local breaks and much more.
Zonia is very committed to this event and has not only undertaken to help plan and deliver the inaugural activity, but is also a sponsor of one of the Awards Categories.
"I live in Tredegar, the home of the NHS and the birthplace of Aneurin Bevan it’s architect. In my town, after Mam and Dad, Nye is the third word you’re taught, such is our pride for the great man.
I am married with 2 grown up sons. I work as a Tourism Officer and when I’m not working I’m a town councillor and secretary for my village chapel.
I am an avid volunteer whether it’s litter picking or helping out in Sirhowy woodlands. I also enjoy walking, gardening and following all sorts of sport.
Edward is the Chair of Gwent Association of Voluntary Organisations (GAVO). GAVO was established in 1927 and is now the longest standing and largest County Voluntary Council in Wales.
GAVO are committed to strengthening the effectiveness of the Voluntary and Community Sector across the local authority areas of Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire and Newport. GAVO
GAVO’s Vision is a society where communities, individuals, partner organisations and the third sector work together in a culture of equality, shared ownership, responsibility and support to build a sustainable future.
GAVO’s Mission is to support, facilitate and broker positive change in the well-being of people and communities, through collaborative approaches.
Edward was born in Pillgwenlly, Newport, South Wales. He began his volunteering at the age of eight with the church choir in the Mission to Seafarers, Newport, South Wales. Edward is now the Chair of The Mission to Seafarers in Newport. Edward was very proud to be presented with a 50 year certificate from Her Royal Highness Princess Anne Princess Royal for his service to The Mission to Seafarers.
Edward is also Chair of Gwent Scout Association, Chair of the Scout Cymru Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Chair of the Merchant Navy Welfare Board South East Wales, Patron of the Merchant Navy Association City of Newport Branch, Trustee of Scouting Cymru and is Deputy Chairman of Pillgwenlly Primary School Governors,.
Edward is totally committed to his voluntary work within communities across Gwent.