Congratulations to British International School, Phuket school counsellor Ms Jacqui Brelsford who has been awarded the Future Leader Award in the 2021 Council of International School’s Higher Education Awards.

Ms Brelsford received the award for embodying the CIS mission, vision, and values. 

According to CIS, the Future Leader Award recipient demonstrates strong leadership potential among their peers and an unequivocal commitment to service within the international admissions and guidance communities. The recipient truly represents the future of international education which CIS strives to shape.

Ms Brelsford was nominated for the award by several of her BISP colleagues. You can read some of their testimonials below. 

“Jacqui is the kind of professional who makes things happen. If she sees a need, she will step up and take on the added responsibility it requires.” 

“Jacqui is a fearless networker, quick with technology, and an expeditious communicator. Even the smallest idea is actioned within a few hours of a weekly meeting. Jacqui has a thirst for evolving her practice. She also has an excellent critical eye for ideas that will improve our work.”

“Jacqui has made a tremendous impact at the British International School, Phuket. She is easily the most social and accessible individual on campus. When faculty would like to expand the influence of their programmes, they come to her office. The Head of Wellbeing and the Head of the Student House teams, the Eco-Club and the Diversity Club heads are frequent visitors. She jumps at every opportunity to grow her skills and build equity for the community.”

“Jacqui is a fierce student advocate and someone who is passionate about human rights”.

“Jacqui’s greatest strength is her unvarnished humanity. Students and colleagues instantly feel safe and seen because of her authentic presence and tireless work on their behalf.” 

“While I am nominating Jacqui for a ‘future’ leader award, I truly believe she already embodies many qualities of a seasoned leader. Her contributions are already significant. She is a leader who recognizes the challenges and issues which face us in the future and who wants to address them now.”

One former student noted that,

“In my last two years of school, Ms Brelsford not only became my university counsellor but a safe haven through the stresses and worries of the International Baccalaureate. She valued my opinions as a student on her plans for the school. The personal relationship she maintained with her students made everyone feel like they mattered and they were valued.”

Each year, CIS recognises a number of exceptional individuals for their outstanding work across the CIS community of schools and universities and BISP is very proud to have a member of our team honoured. Congratulations Ms Brelsford!

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