Category: Racial Equality

Jhaenelle De Souza

Jhaenelle's dreams and aspirations

Jhaenelle De Souza, TSSA Executive Committee member

Not in my most ambitious of dreams did I dream I would become a TSSA Executive Committee member.

When the opportunity arose to join the EC, my first thoughts were all inwards; I have big boots to fill; I have so much to learn; I don’t like politics, and I don’t like public speaking. I knew it was going to be a mountainous task. The bigger picture and what my appointment meant came later.

As the world around us changes and becomes more inclusive so must the TSSA’s EC for its members.

I have started to look outwards. As the first black female TSSA EC member I can have an input into things I care about. I am passionate about driving change in society. This role has given me a strong voice to promote diversity and equality. Safety and well- being of railway staff are an absolute priority to me.

As the rail industry goes through a period of transformation, I am glad to be able to advocate for the prosperity of a great industry and the people that power it.

Moving forward now that I have achieved my mental health certification, I want to put my qualifications to good use. I am entirely aware that there are many people suffering with their mental health, whose voices are not seen or heard.

As a black woman I want to be an advocate for change. Many people suffer in silence, and a large percentage of people who suffer are my black brothers and sisters. I want to create a website that’s entirely different to those that are already out there, one that “pops” and makes people want to engage and be heard.

These are my dreams and what I feel passionate about for my future.

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