Deputy Sarah Hansmann Rouxel is the new States’ Champion for Disabled People.
You can hear Sarah talk about her new role on BBC Guernsey at 09:10 here.
The Champion’s role was created in 2009 and was previously held by Deputy Jane Stephens and Deputy John Gollop and, most recently, by Arrun Wilkie.
The Disability Champion is the political voice for disabled islanders and carers within the States Assembly, scrutinising proposals from a disability perspective. The Champion also helps disabled islanders to resolve issues with States services that relate to disability.
Deputy Hansmann Rouxel said:
“Having grown up in apartheid South Africa, I know how damaging it is for a society to fail to respect everyone’s rights as equal citizens. I firmly believe that islanders with disabilities can and should be fully included in every aspect of Guernsey life and I want to ensure that family members get the support they deserve too”.
Arrun Wilkie, who is now Vice-Chair of the Guernsey Disability Alliance, said:
“Sarah is a new deputy who brings huge energy and empathy to the States. I know she will be a fantastic champion for disabled islanders and carers and I hope she finds the role as rewarding as I did. I’ll be giving her my every support”.
“Sarah expressed a strong interest in the role right at the beginning of this States term. Other deputies agree she’s an excellent candidate and don’t want to stand against her so there’ll be no need for a formal election.”
Anyone needing help to resolve a disability issue with a States committee or service can contact Deputy Hansmann Rouxel on 07911 765863 or Sarah.HansmannRouxel@deputies.gov.gg.
Please find her flyer attached below:-