The Hollie Gazzard Trust is delighted to announce that Dawn Burke, Principal at Newent Community School & Sixth Form Centre, has joined the charity as an Ambassador.
Dawn is a big supporter of the Hollie Gazzard Trust, and has engaged with the training services of the charity extensively over the last 12 months and going forward. As a very well respected member of the Gloucestershire community, we are delighted that Dawn has accepted the role and we look forward to continuing a great relationship.
Dawn said: ”It is a real privilege to have been asked to represent the Trust as an Ambassador. The Hollie Gazzard Trust has a simple aim but a complex task in helping us learn from Hollie’s death in 2014. My belief is that when communities learn how to do this together, it allows us to help each other. Furthermore, if we can help prevent these sequences of events happening again, we prevent another tragic loss. Prevention has long been considered better than a cure and as such helping students and the community that surrounds them, must form part of an effective response to what has been learnt since Hollie’s death.”
Nick Gazzard said: ”It has been a fantastic working with Dawn and we are so pleased to have her as an Ambassador for the charity. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the charity and her contributions so far have been invaluable. Dawn is exactly the type of person the charity needs to move forward and we can look forward to working together towards a bright future.”
The Hollie Gazzard Trust offers training to schools, colleges, universities, businesses and organisations to build community resilience against domestic abuse, stalking and knife crime.
Dawn signed off by saying: ”In a world where we are seeing a rise in knife crime and a decrease in some social awareness, this learning is easily facilitated and can be delivered effectively in schools. As a community of educators, we must be aware of what we need to learn ourselves to best support our students. We must also recognise when we need to pull in the expertise of others. Working with the Hollie Gazzard Trust has helped me to understand more about these areas and to see that we need to work together to learn these important lessons and support the Trust in their aims: to raise awareness of the issues Hollie faced, to educate people (especially young people) in our communities about how to have safe and healthy relationships, thus preventing them experiencing the issues that Hollie faced prior to her death. It is an important cause, and I am honoured to be a part of it.”