Councillor Reena Ranger is “overwhelmed and proud” with being awarded an OBE for her services to BAME women.
The district councillor for Three Rivers, represents Moor Park and Eastbury ward and is chair of Women Empowered (WE), an organisation which aims to engage, encourage and empower women to be the best individuals they can be.
Speaking to Northwood&RuislipNews, Reena said her award still hasn’t sunk in.
She said: “It feels surreal. It is an incredible thing which I never thought I would achieve. If someone told me when I started this campaign I would be recognised by the Queen I would have laughed. But it feels amazing, it really does.”
Cllr Ranger opened up about what inspired her to create the group which Reena is aiming to be a vocal point for all women.
She explained: “I started as a socialist six years ago and I was at a stage, similar to my friends, where I’d just had my children and I was trying to find myself. I would see motivational stories and talks for women and would send it to my friends and it dawned on me that we didn’t have a network on how to hear these people so I created WE to provide that for women.
“We want to provide as many opportunities for women as possible. Our aim is to make people the best possible version of themselves. We work with many charities and organisations to support the women in our society and working on being the vocal point for them.”
Reena said she wasn’t academically smart at school which she says should show people to “never give up and follow what they are passionate about.”
She added: “I wasn’t an academic achiever at school, like I wasn’t the smart one in the family. So it feels nice that my mum and dad can be proud to tell their friends about something I have done and achieved.
“It also is a message for people to follow what they are passionate about.”