Amazing Grace becomes first African Caribbean woman to lead SCA

By on 23/09/2009 in News

Grace Easie-EdgarGrace Easie-Edgar has become the first African Caribbean woman to be elected to the post of President of the Social Care Association (SCA), the professional body for social care workers.

Grace currently manages the city-wide service for children leaving care, supporting over 2000 young people who have previously been in the care of Birmingham Council to access accommodation, employment and training opportunities, to enable them to live independently. Grace began her career at the council as a Residential Child Care Officer, before rapidly climbing the ladder to her current position. Grace is also a leading member of the Black Managers Forum, having previously been both executive member and secretary.

Tributes were paid to Grace at a civic reception in her honour, hosted by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Michael Wilkes. Attendees included; Councillor Sue Anderson, Cabinet Member for Adults and Communities, Peter Hay, Strategic Director of Adults and Communities, Councillor Les Lawrence, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families and Tony Howell, Strategic Director of Children, Young People and Families, as well as colleagues from the Black Managers Forum.

The Black Managers Forum Executive extended their congratulations to Grace:

“We are very proud on Grace's behalf for her major achievement, a first for the UK, making her the first African Caribbean female elected president in the Social Care Association's 60 year history. We wish Grace even greater success in the future; she will make an excellent president and will no doubt make us Brummies even more proud of her achievements over the next year.”

Peter Hay, Strategic Director of Adults and Communities, said:

“Birmingham Adults and Communities Directorate has always enjoyed a positive relationship with the Social Care Association, and it is my belief that this consistent support has contributed to Birmingham and Area Branch becoming the largest and busiest in the UK. We look forward to continuing this positive relationship and wish
Grace a very successful presidency”.

ENDS

For more information please contact Hayley Meachin on 0121 303 1271/ 07920 750007 hayley.meachin@birmingham.gov.uk

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