Rebecca Ozaniec our St Thomas camapigner
Rebecca Ozaniec our St Thomas camapigner

Originally from Surrey, and raised in Worcestershire, Reb first came to Portsmouth as a student here at the University of Portsmouth. After graduating from her degree in International Relations and History, Reb went on to work for Amnesty International UK and later the Forest People’s Programme; both global human rights charities. Reb has since worked for mental health charities in Portsmouth, directly supporting some of the most vulnerable and marginalised people in our city. More recently Reb has worked in supportive roles in education settings.

 

Reb has lived in Portsmouth for past 11 years, where she now lives with her husband and two young daughters. 

 

As a former student resident in St Thomas ward in Southsea, her first home in Somerstown with her husband and baby Maisy, and her husband having previously been a business owner on Elm Grove, Reb is passionate about the area and improving the lives of the residents and business-owners living and working there.

 

Reb said:In my working life in the Third Sector, working for human rights NGOs, mental health charities, and supportive roles in education settings – I have always sought out roles which help to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable people. In a period of hard Tory austerity, I feel support of this kind is more critical than ever.”

 

“I am aware of the issues of crime facing local business owners in this area – something my husband’s shop fell prey to a number of times. Under Tory austerity we have seen 1,050 police officers lost from the streets of Portsmouth. Police are too under-resourced to deal with break-ins, thefts and attacks and it is not good enough. I want to take steps for both business owners and residents to feel safe in their own community and to have their voices heard.”

 

Reb is also passionate about investing in education; “As a mum of two daughters as infant school, I am also all too aware of the pinch schools are feeling as a result of the £34.9 million worth of cuts to school funding facing 51 of our schools in Portsmouth. Education is vital for our children’s future, and schools should not have to fight to provide this.”

 

As a climate change activist, Reb is keen to see the Climate Emergency taken seriously in Portsmouth; “With dangerous levels of pollution in our air in Portsmouth, our children are forced to breathe an equivalent of 142 cigarettes a year. The Labour Group pushed the Lib-Dem dominated Council to declare a Climate Emergency last March – but we are still waiting to see any decisive action. We need to see active travel promoted and made safer in our city, we need the government to stop stalling on our Sea Defence scheme, we need to improve our recycling rates and to need to green our city by planting trees and protecting the few green spaces we have left. With more Labour Councillors in post, we can carry out this vital work.”

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