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Recognition for TSSA members

31 March 2014

Members are the heart of TSSA - here we look at some outstanding members who have recently been recognised for their service to the union and their fellow members.

David Brady wins national dyslexia award

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TSSA learning rep and Neurodiversity champion David Brady has been presented with the British Dyslexia Association’s Outstanding Achievement Award.

David, a revenue protection inspector with First Capital Connect, was only diagnosed with dyslexia in adulthood and had just been using coping mechanisms to get through his work. Having gained adjustments from his employer, he wanted to get involved to help others in his situation.

He joined the TSSA and soon became a union learning rep. He then became an accredited neurodiversity screener, able to test colleagues for conditions.

David has also given a presentation on neurodiversity issues to senior management and HR staff at FCC as well as recruiting 20 members to the TSSA, of whom two are becoming reps.

Unbeknown to David, lead rep John Bacon had nominated him as part of a scheme run by the British Dyslexia Association, which subsequently awarded him the Outstanding Achievement Award for 2013.

David, supported by his wife Sally, was proud to receive the award and has pledged to continue raising awareness of neurodiversity issues within his employer and to helping those affected receive the support they need.
 

Former president Brenda Hanks made life member

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TSSA’s former president Brenda Hanks was presented with honorary life membership by Lord Rosser, the general secretary she served with, at a meeting of the Midlands Retired branch late last year.

Former BREL employee Brenda was an officer of Derby Number 1 branch from 1969, serving as the Midlands rep on TSSA’s executive from 1982. She relinquished that seat when she became the first woman to be elected as a national officer of the union, becoming treasurer in 1987 and president in 1992, a post she held until her retirement in 1997.

During the presentation Brenda was able to wear the gold medallion she was awarded with – also by Richard Rosser – during the final TSSA conference which she chaired, in 1997.
 

Gold medallion for Ena Luke at Belfast branch

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Belfast branch celebrated the award of the gold medallion for meritorious service to Ena Luke at a dinner held after the January 2014 branch meeting.

Ena, a TSSA stalwart for many years, has served as an Irish committee member, divisional council officer, branch secretary and branch chair. She was also the lead representative on her company council and served on numerous other transport bodies.

Executive Committee member for Ireland Gerry Kennedy reports, “During her employment with Ulsterbus and later Translink she represented members’ rights vehemently. Her tenacious character and strong heart saw many wins for our members. She gained the respect of her union colleagues, staff and management alike. Ena goes to great lengths to ensure equality in the workplace and still mentors new, as well as more experienced reps, myself included.”

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