Picture of Joy with her quote about Black History Month

Joy McLaren
Tenant board member

Joy is one of our tenants and she sits on our board, she is also public relations officer for All Cultures One Voice.

We asked Joy what Black History Month meant to her:

It is a time of celebration of our achievements and to reflect. It can be a tool to educate and create awareness around cultural issues. It is also important to acknowledge the benefits of working “collaboratively” and in “partnership” for everyone’s benefit.

When it comes to inspirational role models, Joy steps back in history…

For me it is Mary Seacole because of the work she had done in health and care at a time of prejudice and discrimination. Mary Seacole was a pioneering nurse and heroine of the Crimean War, who as a woman of mixed race overcame a double prejudice. She also visited the battlefield, sometimes under fire, to nurse the wounded, and became known as 'Mother Seacole'. Her reputation rivalled that of Florence Nightingale. Her humanitarian work is inspired from compassion to care for the injured, wounded and sick and is inspirational to all!

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