7th December 2011
NRC Voluntary Dev. Co-ordinator - Refugee of the Year 2011
Beatrice Botomani, Northern Refugee Centre's Voluntary Development Co-ordinator in Bradford has been awarded 2011's Refugee of the Year. The award which is co-ordinated by Migration Yorkshire recognises the contribution of refugees to the Yorkshire and Humber region, focusing on the extraordinary individuals who embody this in their daily lives. NRC CEO, Jim Steinke and Regional Development Co-ordinator Jeni Vine attended the event.
In his congratulatory message to Beatrice, Jim Steinke also highlighted the following:
"Those of us that were privileged to be present at the celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the UN Refugee Convention, where the Refugee of the Year award was made, will have been moved by all the contributions. For me, the overwhelming message of everyone, was as Beatrice puts it, to not let us to get distracted by differences between different groups and individuals, when we are all working to the same goal.
I just think that this is crucial over the coming year, where the Voluntary and Community sector will be under, even more pressure financially and potentially marginalised, even more, from where real decisions are being made, about the most vulnerable in our communities. To counter this, we need to look at how, we organise ourselves to provide the most effective response to these threats. I hope that these discussions between different groups, can be inspired by the work that has already been done in Bradford, and elsewhere in the region. I look forward to meeting these challenges with you all."