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Wednesday, 10 October 2018 12:24

"We are all pretty cool - in our own way"

Michael Turner presIn this fantastic speech from our 2018 conference, Michael Turner, Ambassador describes his vision of equality and diversity - which for him is about "having the chance to go to infinity and beyond no matter who you are." 

When Lyn asked me if I would talk about equality and diversity at the conference I asked her:

“What are you going on about?”

She had to tell me what she meant. I still didn’t know what she was going on about, so I asked:

“Is it about us Ambassadors then?”

And she said;

“kind of…”

So we talked some more and then she told me:

“Just say what it means to you Michael”

So, that is what I will do. Getting equality is about resilience and never giving up.It is about keeping going till the last minute till you reach your destiny, your mission is completed, or you have won.

Diversity is what makes someone special. Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story struggles to come to terms with who he is. For a long time, he pretends that he is a space ranger so much that he really believes he is a space ranger. Then when he finds out he is ‘Just a toy’ he is sad and ashamed of who he is.

Woody, his friend, has a good quality. Woody’s quality is to help Buzz understand and be proud of who he is. He might not be a space ranger, but he is just as good.
He is more than good. He is someone special. In fact, he is a really cool toy.

We are all different, so supporting us means listening and treating us as individuals not all the same. Like, for me, that means having plenty of notice. I get equality at Shared Lives Plus because of the quality of support I get. This helps me to be more confident to be myself and my qualities get better.

Equality is about having the chance to go to infinity and beyond no matter who you are.

Diversity means we don’t all have to be space rangers to do it.

We are all good.

We are all special.

and...

We are all pretty cool, in our own way.

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