FICAC President, Arnold Foote, honoured at the House of Lords.
FICAC, The World Federation of Consuls, agreed a statement of understanding with UK education charity, CVQO, at the House of Lords in London during a meeting hosted by CVQO Chairman, Lord Lingfield.
The statement between the 2 organizations formalized an agreement to identify opportunities in the territories represented by the World Federation of Consuls to improve the lives of young people at risk in those regions.
In his address, Lord Lingfield said;
“It’s a pleasure to host the members of FICAC here at the House of Lords. I am so very impressed with the work that you do as the World Federation of Consuls and, under the guidance of your President, Professor Arnold Foote, I am delighted that we are able to create and formalise a new partnership with CVQO in the UK. As pacesetters in your countries, you are the men and women with vision to go forward, selflessly and not for personal reward. For this I salute you all, for it ties in with the ethos that we at CVQO also have.
“President Foote has been keen to make education an important part of the work of FICAC and it is his enthusiasm to make this happen that has resulted in the signing of a statement of understanding between FICAC and CVQO. Thanks to President Foote’s vision we have a hope that the lives of thousands of young people around the world can be improved, giving for the first time some real hope to young people in countries all around the world.
“It is President Foote’s leadership, innovative thinking, determination and willingness to find new ways of improving the lives of young people that has made this a partnership possible and I am confident it will be an incredibly positive lasting legacy of his outstanding time as President of FICAC. I would therefore like to award him the Sir Robert Balchin Medal in recognition not only for all that he has achieved with you but for his enthusiasm and support for education; his desire to create a practical response to the challenges of young people; his vision in setting up this very strong link with CVQO; and for all the positive things that he represents. President Foote I salute you. This medal is a personal one form my family and goes back to the seventeenth century and my ancestors. It is awarded on rare occasions to those who have made a real difference. President Foote you are such a man – thank you.”