A teacher and mentor who worked at The Falconer School in Bushey for over 12-years has been nominated for a positive role model at the prestigious National Diversity Awards.
Dan Gaze, who runs his own support service for young people who are struggling, turned his life around from being a troubled teenager in prison to a successful career supporting young people to stay on the right path.
Dan told BusheyNews: “I was nominated by someone I used to work with and it was a complete shock, I thought it was a joke at first. It’s emotional reading through the comments left on the voting page. When you are doing your job you don’t realise the impact you are having, helping kids and parents and actually making a difference.”
The shortlist of nominees will be announced on July 14 and the ceremony will be held on September 17, 2021 at the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral. Dan said that to be nominated in the first place is a huge honour and privilege.
He added: “I want to thank everyone who has supported my work through the years. I believe behaviour is a form of communication and young people have been through the hardest time of their lives with COVID. I believe we should all support young people as much as possible to help see an even better generation coming through.”
One voter said: “I’ve known Dan Gaze for about 20 years. When I first met Dan he was not long out of prison. Even back then his rehabilitation was clear. He wanted to help others in the same situation as him. He kept his head down and worked hard. Everything was thrown at him and he never let it phase him or beat him. I’m proud of what Dan has achieved and how he has helped so many young children, including my own who suffer with adhd and asd. He thoroughly deserves this award.”
To vote for Dan head to nationaldiversityawards.co.uk/nominations-home