Janti Champaneri awarded OBE in Queen's Birthday Honours

By on 15/06/2010 in News

janti-SMALL-FOR-POSTJanti Champaneri, from Kings Heath, who recently retired from Birmingham City Council's Adults and Communities Directorate, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list for services to Local Government.

Janti took early retirement in March 2010 after 27 years with Birmingham City Council. He began his career as a care assistant, and became a senior manager in the directorate.

Throughout his career Janti has been an active member of the Social Care Association at local, regional and national levels.

He became the first person from an ethnic minority background to hold the office of National President of an organisation of this type in the UK.

Born in Kenya in 1959, Janti was one of six siblings born to working class parents. In 1967 he came to Birmingham with his mother and two brothers to join his father and other siblings. He was educated in Birmingham and was a carer for his disabled mother until her recent death.

Janti comments:

“I am very proud of this announcement and all that it represents. It is a significant achievement for me and one that I am extremely happy to share with the people who have supported me along the way.

“Gaining this recognition would not have been possible without the contribution and support of my family; Birmingham City Council, the Social Care Association and of course the people who have used the services we have provided and their carers.

“I hope people are pleased for me. I am just sad that my mum is not here to share this honour”.

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

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