New Year honour for a lifetime helping teach
A VOICE coach has been honoured with an OBE after over 50 years of tireless commitment to establishing a national teaching charity to help teachers deliver top notch education.
Roz Comins will be presented with the honour from the Queen in recognition of her services to education with the Voice Care Network which she helped set up in Kenilworth over five decades ago.
The former drama teacher said the network was all about helping teachers get the most out of their most important asset - their voices - so they can deliver inspiring and hard hitting classes to pupils across the country.
After coordinating the independent group from the British Voice Association from her home on Southbank Road over 50 years ago, things have gone from strength to strength and the network is now an established charity working with tutors across the UK.
Explaining how it all came about, Roz said: “I used to work in London doing voice work with actors and but was always conscious that a lot of teachers were not able to use their voices properly.
“Many simply don’t know how to use them effectively but it is remarkable how much a teacher relies on their voice.
“They just often need help with it and that’s what we started out to do.”
The 85-year-old who moved to Kenilworth in the 1950s with her late husband, David, said she was absolutely delighted with the accolade in recognition of all the hard work that has gone into the network, but said it is rightfully shared in recognition of the efforts of the entire group.
“It was a huge surprise to hear I would receive an OBE of course,” explained Roz.
“But this is a group thing, The OBE was given to me because of the network and that is only possible because of the people involved with me all working together, I was simply the coordinator.
“Group enthusiasm and the hard work of everyone made this happen and got us where we are in terms of the charity and huge area we cover right over the UK.
“It is wonderful to be recognised for it and everyone involved should be proud.”
Roz is still a trustee of the group and involved in its growth and keen to see it grow in new hands as more people get involved each year.
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