Gillian Forbes

I am 60 and live in Perth with my husband. I have 2 grown up children, one in Glasgow and the other in Inverness. I was an Intensive Care Charge Nurse, before having our children, and have worked in education, in the exams dept., for the last 23 years.

I have completed many market research events and was delighted to be asked to be part of the Citizens’ Assembly. I knew it would take me out with my normal comfort zone, but welcomed the challenges and meeting new people from different walks of life.

The most memorable part was the excitement and anxiety of not knowing what to expect! The fact that it was the very first Citizens’ Assembly in Scotland. The opportunity to broaden my thoughts, and work with a variety of people from over the length and breadth of the country and of all backgrounds. I was enthusiastic to be part of work that hopefully will make a positive difference to the country in which we live.

I have learnt a great deal and been encouraged to do more of my own learning and research. Issues such as finance, climate control, happiness and well-being, tax and the history of politics and many other related subjects and how they work in different countries.

I would like to see a more open and honest government, and more forums, like the Assembly, who can discuss and report to the Government what matter to the public. I would love to be present when our report is discussed by the Scottish parliament. Over the future years I hope that Scotland does take more action to build more communities, have healthier, happier and less obese people who want to be part of a great country where people feel valued and safe. We have such a wealth of resources in Scotland and to provide a more efficient and effective NHS and with a much higher level of education and support for all children, finding them suitable employment and being a valued member of society.

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