Our final South Asian Heritage Month nomination came from Caroline Mitcham who nominated Lakhvir Rellon, Head of Community Engagement.
Lakhvir has worked for the Trust for 20+ years and will be retiring this year after dedicating her working life to supporting the needs of our community.
When asked why she wanted to nominate Lakhvir, Caroline said:
“Working with Lakhvir has been a privilege for me as I can confidently say that she is one of the most gracious people I have had the pleasure of working with. She is an exceptional leader with a wealth of experience and expertise. Lakhvir is an inspirational figure to many, with a deep understanding of the NHS and its role in Community Engagement, she is passionate about improving health outcomes for all, but particularly for marginalised and vulnerable community members.
“She is a highly effective communicator and is able to articulate complex concepts in a way that is easily understood by her listeners. Our team have learned so much from her and would like to nominate her for South Asian Heritage Month to celebrate her years of dedication and impactful work.”
“I was born in Punjab India and have lived in the UK since I was two years old. I am therefore proud to identify myself as a British woman of Sikh Punjabi heritage. I believe that a person without knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots. I have inherited a strong sense of my own cultural identity through the values, traditions and artefacts handed down by elders in the family and community. I love listening to the stories and experiences of people from my own cultural heritage as it really broadens my world view.
“Learning about my history and heritage as also helped me understand how I became who I am. What I love most about my Punjabi Indian heritage-family values, spirituality, respect for elders, the language, the music, the clothes and, of course, the food!”
What I love most about my Punjabi Indian heritage-family values, spirituality, respect for elders, the language, the music, the clothes and, of course, the food!
Published: 17 August 2023