Inspiring campaigners for over 10 years
2015 marks 10 years of the Sheila McKechnie Foundation (SMK), established to inspire and support a new generation of campaigners. Founded in memory of Dame Sheila McKechnie in 2005, SMK is entirely dedicated to helping individuals create positive and lasting social change – a mission not just complementary, but integral to the work we do in helping organisations build brands with social purpose.
As part of SMK’s invaluable work encouraging others to draw inspiration from Sheila’s dedication, SMK joined forces with Forster Communications to make the 10th Anniversary Campaigner Awards their biggest celebration of activism yet. A special ceremony was held at the House of Lords on 23rd February, where awards were given to outstanding campaigners for their impact across a wide range of fields, including the environment, transport and social justice.
The Awards are vital, as one of the only celebrations of people demonstrating their commitment to, and effectiveness in, tackling the root causes of social injustice. This has never been more relevant or fundamental than today, as we see increased financial pressures on a population struggling to cope in the aftermath of global recession and an environmental crisis looming ever larger in the face of political apathy. Local or national, young or old, those recognised may have brought about lasting change over the last year, or over many. For the first time, SMK also recognised a campaigner nominated and voted for through a People’s Choice Award .
To be inspired by all the award winners, please visit the SMK website.
About Sheila McKechnie:
The work of SMK is informed and inspired by Sheila’s rich life as an esteemed figure in the world of social change, helping achieve progress through her ability to create a positive atmosphere and devotion to making a difference. Whether in spirited support for the feminist movement during university, or as Director of the Consumers’ Association, Sheila’s unwavering commitment to constructing watertight arguments, combined with her fearlessness, made her a campaigning legend .