It is with tremendous pride that I am pleased to announce that I have had an invitation from Her Majesty The Queen.
Throughout my career I have been a longstanding volunteer with St John Ambulance in Kent, mainly as a youth leader training young people in first aid. However since 2015, I have concentrated on Safeguarding, firstly as a District Safeguarding Officer, but since March 2020 I have decided to remain on the Safeguarding team to help support my colleagues.
I never volunteered to get recognition but I am flattered to have been invited to become an officer of the Order of St John.
Entry to the Order is by invitation only – and subject to the sanction of HM The Queen – in recognition of achievements towards the mission and values of the Order, but also in expectation of future involvement and contribution.
There are approximately 20,000 members of the Order worldwide, all of whom have become members by being honoured by the Sovereign Head for service rendered in furthering the work of the Order. Although our Order is founded on Christian principles, membership is not exclusively Christian, and our members come from all faiths and none.
Members are admitted and promoted in five Grades, from Member, Officer, Commander, Knights and Dames, to Bailiff and Dame Grand Cross. Some of our most notable members include Nelson Mandela, Queen Noor of Jordan, Desmond Tutu, Margaret Thatcher, Douglas Fairbanks Jr, Barbara Cartland, Edwina Mountbatten and Christopher Lee. Members of the British Royal family who are members of our Order include the Duke of Gloucester, our Grand Prior, the Duchess of Gloucester, the Princess Royal and the Countess of Wessex.
My appointment was released in the Gazette: https://www.thegazette.co.uk/notice/3750390
Information from https://www.stjohninternational.org/membership