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Leading by example

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The Chairman of a community group that helps Filipino people settle in Oxford has secured an award in recognition of his exemplary leadership skills.

Ariel Lanada, the Divisional Lead for Practice Development and Education at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, was "humbled and honoured" to receive a UK Filipino Leaders' Award in Birmingham on 9 November 2019.

The Community Pillars Award, handed out by charitable organisation Ladies of all Nations International (LOANI), highlighted his exceptional community work – particularly in welcoming and helping Filipino people to settle in Oxford.

The nomination read: "This prestigious award marks the hard work and stellar efforts you are doing which is a real source of pride and inspiration to the British-Filipino Community in the United Kingdom. 

"Our selection and judging process singled you out as one remarkable leader deserving this award."

Ariel won in the male category, scooping the award ahead of hundreds of other Filipino leaders in the UK. 

As Chairman of the Filipino Community of Oxfordshire, Ariel provides valuable support to all members of the Filipino community in and around the city.

Ariel, an OUH Registered Nurse, supports Trust staff in their clinical practice, training, education, and career development, as well as personal wellbeing.

On being honoured for his leadership skills, he said: "I feel humbled and honoured to win this award from Ladies of all Nations International.

"Our mission and vision is to bring Filipinos living in Oxfordshire together, united as one big family. 

"This includes promoting our cultural heritage, advocating fair and equal treatment in the community, and championing proper education, training, and good citizenship. 

"The community is committed to equality, diversity, tolerance and inclusivity, and welcomes everybody of whatever ethnicity, gender, religion, faith or sexuality."

Sports festivals, Christmas parties, choir groups, and activities around the country’s Independence Day in July are just some of the ways the Filipino community get together to promote friendship and unity, as well as their cultural history.

Sam Foster, Chief Nursing Officer at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: "Congratulations to Ariel, who is very deserving of this award. To be recognised in this way is a testament to his hard work and dedication to bring the Filipino community in Oxford together.

"The Trust is very lucky to have such a natural leader who provides support to those who need it, and promotes friendship and unity."

With more than 500,000 Filipinos living in the UK, there are more than 3,000 living in Oxfordshire, and between 400-500 working at the Trust.

Pictured: Ariel Lanada with his award