Who we are

Dave_SamuelsDave Samuels

An experienced scientist, sports coach and science teacher. I am a black, Bristol-born male of Jamaican heritage, with a cultural insight on subjects such as immigration, slavery and diversity. I also have personal knowledge of what it is like to be Afro-Caribbean growing up and living in the South West.

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I am a Kenyan born Muslim living in UK for the last 18 years. As a Cultural Champion I would like to share my  experiences of both my religion and country with children and adults of all ages. Kenya has lots to offer and discover, with its diverse mixture of cultures, tribes, history, its  famous landmarks and wildlife safaris. I work part time as a credit controller and I am also a holistic therapist (Indian head massage and reflexology). I also enjoy henna design and cooking with children.

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I am a second generation British Indian offering teaching in subjects related to India, Hinduism, Citizenship, Racism and Diversity. I am also a qualified Shiatsu practitioner and trained psychotherapist and can bring in subjects related to these in schools, such as group-building skills, massage, health & well-being, managing emotions, Zen Buddhism and meditation.

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I am an Egyptian Muslim. I have five years' experience as an Arabic teacher in a supplementary school in Exeter. As a cultural champion I can teach students of all ages about Ancient Egypt, modern Egypt, the Islamic religion, Arabic culture and Arabic language.

 

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Chiu Chan

I am from China and lived there for 25 years. As a Cultural Champion I can talk about Chinese language and culture. My interest and background are in cooking Chinese food.

 

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Valentina Todino

I am a qualified and experienced Italian teacher and private tutor, and very much enjoy sharing my knowledge with people interested in my home country. My MA in Applied Translations, gained at Exeter University in 2008, has allowed me to develop my interest in linguistics and in cultural mediation. 

In order to promote my own culture of origin, I have been trained by Devon Development Education as a Cultural Champion. I therefore share my experience as a foreigner in Devon in schools and other institutions and groups, telling my stories and teaching about my cultural background and historical connections between Italy and England, with particular focus on language, food, and history, especially Roman. I am passionate about cooking, especially bread and pizza making. My best presentations as a Cultural Champion in schools are those that include food making with the children.

I have also prepared some sessions on the influence of Latin in the English language. Through discovering the routes from Rome to England, dressing up as Romans and learning the origins of some English words, the children learn how their cultural origins are varied and mixed from a very long time!

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Linda Broadway

My name is Linda Broadway and I am a Romany Gypsy. Gypsies are the largest racial minority group in Devon yet most people have no idea of our long history and culture.

I love talking about the Gypsy life and have a wealth of stories to tell and traditional skills to pass on. I have found that most people, children in particular, find the subject fascinating. 


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Surprised that a guy in the associated picture, a Sikh, has a very English name? I am proud of the fact that I have a dual heritage - British and Asian, which means I get to enjoy the best of both worlds.

Being born in Britain and having an Indian up bringing (my dad is a first generation of Indians to migrate over to the UK) I understand, value and enjoy first hand the values and enriching experiences of both cultures and this is the message I want to get across to people in the Southwest.


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Teodora Totorenean

I have a degree in Romanian and Ethnology and a Master’s in Historical Socio-Anthropology and am currently working as a freelance writer and artist. As a Cultural Champion I can talk about any aspect of Romanian culture, from traditions, fairy tales, language and literature to historical and social characteristics of society during and after Communism. I can also offer practical activities (arts & crafts) related to traditions of Easter, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. I have over three years teaching experience in Romania at secondary level and some experience of creating teaching materials for kindergartens. 

 

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Ghee Bowman                              

As a white British Cultural Champion I aim to help students to understand and celebrate British culture in all its aspects. We can explore British, English and Devon culture through stories, games, songs and crafts, and by bringing in history and literature. I can also share my personal and family history. Remember: it's OK to be white and it's OK to be British.                                                                  

fiona smilleyFiona Gaffa

I moved to the South West from London, but I have a strong connection to Exeter as my father was one of the very few international students in Exeter University in the 1950s. He studied here and then returned to Uganda where I was born and brought up. Although we have come along way from the stories I used to hear about my dad's time here all those years ago, I do recognise that we have a long way to go before we can truly embrace and learn from different cultures and learn from each other. As a cultural champion I can offer an insight into African Cooking, arts and crafts and story telling.

 

Ricky 3Ricky Croal

Ricky is Black British, with Guyanese heritage. He has lived in Devon almost all his life, and is used to being in a minority. He has worked with the Police force and Exeter Community Initiatives, and now does training for the Prison Service.

Agnieszka_RomaszkoAgnieszka Romaszko

I'm a Polish teacher. My MA is about blessings and curses in Fairy Tales. As a cultural champion I can talk about any aspect of Polish culture, language, history, geography, folk arts, fairy tales as well as the differences between our cultures. I can also explain aspects of migration.

Agnieszka is currently on maternity leave.

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