And our Equality award goes to…

Sharon Foster, from Bristol UNISON branch, picked up the Get Active Equality award on Friday night.

Sharon’s remarkable activism on equality spans decades, with an impressive list of achievements and roles that demonstrate her unwavering commitment to social justice and fairness.

As a trustee of the Beira Mozambique Trust, Sharon aligns herself with the legacy of the Southern African Resources Centre, which emerged from the historic campaign to free Nelson Mandela during his imprisonment.

Within the Bristol Branch, Sharon has made significant contributions as an active Steward, advocating for causes related to equality, inclusion, and diversity.

Sharon’s extensive experience in trade unionism has empowered her to play a vital role in promoting the voices of marginalised members. She fearlessly champions the rights of women and Black members at local, regional, and national levels, ensuring their perspectives are heard and valued.

Furthermore, we take immense pride in congratulating Sharon for her successful nomination as the High Sheriff of Bristol for 2023-24—an extraordinary honour that recognises her years of tireless activism.

UNISON South West regional secretary Joanne Kaye said:

“Our Equality award could not have found a more deserving recipient than Sharon Foster. Her unwavering passion, leadership, and dedication to equality have made a significant impact on countless lives, exemplifying the core values of our union.

“Her outstanding contributions inspire us all to continue the fight for a more just, equal, and inclusive society.”