Vote Valerie!

School of Everything teacher Valerie Wood-Gaiger has been nominated in a contest to find the ultimate Women's Institute person. Can School of Everything's community help her win?

Valerie lives in Myddfai in Wales, where she runs Grandma's Stories, a not-for-profit organisation that inspires grandparents caring for their grandchildren. She's an expert on intergenerational and e-learning, speaks at conferences around the world, and has been given an MBE for her work. She also founded her local Village Lamb Roast, and wins WI prizes for her bread, cakes, jam and sloe gin. "I'm not the best cook in the world but I enjoy it," she says.

The winner of the Sky/Daily Express competition will become the icon for Sky's new learning channel. Valerie just contacted Everything HQ to see if the School of Everything community could help swing the vote for her.

"This is vital," she told us. "Myddfai is such a tiny community there is no way I could muster the sort of support someone from a large community could attract. Especially at such short notice. Please vote for me. I may not be the ‘perfect’ W-Icon but I would love to do it – it would be fun!"

We've all voted Valerie at Everything HQ. Please help, and vote Valerie too. She's in second place at the moment, and it would be amazing if School of Everything's community could get her into first place before the contest closes on Sunday 21 September.

Here's the link to the poll (you need to scroll down a tiny bit to find it).

Vote Valerie!


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