Address : Swallow Cottage Cliburn Penrith
Postcode : CA10 3AL
Telephone : 01931 714 128
Email : email@example.com
Full Name : William Collinson
Telephone : 01931714128
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
IN WHAT CAPACITY DO YOU KNOW THE NOMINEE : I am Suzanne's husband (24 yrs)
– I have watched her fall during ill health and rebuild herself – always helping and giving to the natural world around us and to the community.
YOUR NOMINATION ACHIEVEMENTS, PERSONALITY & SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE COMMUNITY & OVER WHAT PERIOD OF TIME? : Suzanne was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and M.E over 10 years ago, the impact on her was mentally and physically debilitating. Suzanne had to close a beauty salon business that had grown to a successful level over 20 years.
Taking one day at a time Suzanne set herself goals to improve her health and learn a new vocation. She had always loved wildlife and domestic animals and enrolled on a short course in Animal management. It took 4 years to achieve a diploma due to health restrictions. Every year her physical health and mental health improved, she even abseiled down Carlisle civic centre to raise funds for an animal sanctuary in Bolivia !
During her time at Newton rigg college the Animal Management team were so impressed they employed her to work as an Animal technician, an instructor and a lecturer in her final year – the teaching element had a significant impact on Suzanne – she loved working with young people and teaching them all about animals.
In 2015 Suzanne decided she would see if she would be accepted on to the Zoology degree course at the University of Cumbria – she was !
Over the next four years she worked tirelessly on her studies, complementing it with a high level of voluntary work – working for small local community wildlife organisations and such as Eden Rivers Trust, Watchtree nature reserve, Cumbria bat group, Britain in bloom (Dalston entry), Cumbria butterfly conservation. Also, Suzanne represented her fellow class mates as a student rep achieving gold awards for her commitment to them. Suzanne was recognised by the university for her voluntary work and was awarded volunteer of the year by the student union – which she found overwhelming but she was elated.
During this time Suzanne found a passion for native amphibians and reptiles (an unusual choice and often a overlooked range of species) she has worked extremely hard to bring awareness to this group of animals through the media, community outreach, local and national presentation of her research and has continued this by reinvigorating the Cumbria Amphibian and Reptile Group (affiliated to ARG UK charity). As voluntary chair she has achieved great success raising funds and spreading her passion for conservation, improving people's knowledge and wildlife habitats and the recording of species data, which is essential for an improvement in their survival.
On a personal note Suzanne lost three close members of her family (one being her mother) within 12 months during her studies, this was an extremely difficult time, however she continued her studies, her voluntary work and achieved her degree.
She has had continuous employment since her studies which I feel demonstrates her commitment and passion, which is highly infectious !
She still continues her voluntary work selflessly and she has achieved a great amount including a massive improvement in her health !
Suzanne has always given her time and is extremely patience to others and to the plight of wildlife conservation. Suzanne is always positive and cheerful, hiding an invisible illness which there is a lack of understanding. She has a talent for art and in her 'spare' time works with African charities producing illustrations for education centres in The Gambia and Cameroon.
She inspires others to achieve and has continued helping and guiding her fellow class mates after the duration of their course.
So I feel she makes a wonderful nomination for Cumbrian women of the year – over coming health problems, achieving a higher level of education, working passionately for wildlife and sharing and inspiring others through community engagement – going above and beyond!
When you ask her why – her answer is "because I get such joy from helping these beautiful animals and sharing my joy and inspiring others"
The person I have nominated deserves to be considered for an invitation to the Cumbria Women of the Year Lunch because: : Suzanne would never expect to be recognised for what she has achieved, how she has helped our local wildlife and the community. I feel an invitation would be an amazing show of appreciation from not just myself, but all that have had the wonderful pleasure of being influenced and inspired by her determination and passion !