New Year Honours
Congratulations to Islington foster carers and council staff who have been recognised in the New Year’s Honours list.
Anjana and Krushnah Appiah, Candy Burgess and Cathy Blair have been awarded MBEs for their contribution to education, children’s services and equality and diversity.
Cllr Richard Watts, leader of Islington Council, said: “Every day foster carers and council staff make a positive difference to the lives of a huge number of people in our community.
“They do this without thought of recognition or fanfare. We’re very proud of the hard work of our foster carers, and our head of pupil services, and their recognition in the New Year Honours.”
Anjana and Krushnah Appiah have been fostering since 2003 and have fostered 12 children of all backgrounds and religions, with a range of needs including children with specific disabilities and conditions. They have always put the needs of their foster children before their own needs, have been very supportive of other foster carers and have mentored new foster carers.
Over a career spanning 37 years, Candy Burgess (widely known as Candy Holder), Head of Pupil Services at Islington Council, has made a major contribution to transforming the lives of children with special educational needs and disabilities in Islington. Her leadership has helped many parents at a time of considerable stress and anxiety, and her infectious enthusiasm has created a ‘can do’ culture where children, not bureaucracy or perceived barriers, take centre stage. She has also been instrumental in the development of the borough’s special schools into centres of excellence.
Cathy Blair retired last year after 35 years of public service, seven of which were with Islington. While in Islington she was at the heart of a transformation in council services that has been a catalyst for improving the lives of some of the most deprived children in the country. She worked tirelessly to safeguard children in the borough, always putting their needs first, and was very much the champion of children. She was Islington’s Director of Targeted and Specialist Children and Families Services.