The Lord-Lieutenant of County Antrim, Mr David McCorkell, and the Antrim Lieutenancy, congratulate the 20 people from County Antrim who received National Honours in the New Years Honours List.
The Lord-Lieutenant expressed his thanks to all the worthy recipients for their selfless service to the County and their local communities. They are:
Order of the British Empire Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Mr Jonathan REA MBE
Dunadry, County Antrim - For services to Motorcycle Racing
Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Mrs Maureen Elizabeth DUNN
Newtownabbey, County Antrim - For services to Drama and the Performing Arts in Northern Ireland
Mrs Edith Mary Adelaide FLECK
Lisburn, County Antrim - For services to the Community in Northern Ireland
Reverend Dr Samuel GRANT
Carrickfergus, County Antrim - For services to the community in Carrickfergus, County Antrim
Dr Allison Josephine GRAY
Newtownabbey, County Antrim - For services to St John Ambulance in Northern Ireland
Mr Paul Mark JOHNSTON
Newtownabbey, County Antrim - Head Coach and Project Manager, Monkstown Amateur Boxing Club. For services to Sport and to the community in County Antrim
Mr Colin Hugh NEILL
Larne, County Antrim - Chief Executive, Hospitality Ulster. For services to the Hospitality Industry in Northern Ireland
Mr Robert William SCOTT
Carrickfergus, County Antrim - Chief Executive, Prison Fellowship Northern Ireland. For services to Prisoners and their Families in Northern Ireland
Mr Edwin John SHANKS
Ballyclare, County Antrim - For services to the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service
Medallists of the Order of the British Empire (BEM)
Mrs Anne BROWN (MONICA ANNE COLLINS)
Belfast, County Antrim - Counsellor, Women’s Aid, Belfast. For services to Victims of Domestic Violence
Mr Stephen CRAWFORD
Ahoghill, County Antrim - Founder, Coaching for Christ. For services to Young People in Co Antrim
Dr Ian Clive HUMPHREYS
Larne, County Antrim - Chief Executive, Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful. For services to the Environment
Mr George Ivor MCCANDLESS
Lisburn, County Antrim - For services to Golf in Northern Ireland
Mr William MCFARLAND
Ahoghill, Ballymena, County Antrim - For services to Music in County Antrim
Mr James Samuel MCILROY
Larne, County Antrim - For services to Athletics in Northern Ireland
Ms Mary Louise MCILWEE (MARY LOUISE GOODMAN)
Randalstown, County Antrim - For services to the Mental and Physical Wellbeing of Vulnerable People in County Antrim
Mr Robert John Ivor MCMULLAN
Cullybackey, Ballymena, County Antrim - Head of Parks, Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council. For public service during Covid-19
Mrs Mary Elizabeth SINNAMON
Jordanstown, Newtownabbey, County Antrim - For services to Education and the community in County Antrim
Mr Thomas Gordon SMYTH
Ballymoney, County Antrim - Board Member, Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service. For Public Service
Mr Willam James Crawford WILSON
Islandmagee, Larne, County Antrim - For services to the community in County Antrim
The New Years Honours list was released at 10:30pm last night. The full list can be viewed on the Gazette website, by clicking here or by copying the below link:
Do you know someone who is worthy of receiving an honour? If so, do have a look at the honours section of our website or get in touch.
Today marks the end of the Lord-Lieutenant of County Antrim's tenure as a Trustee and Council Member of SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity. It's full name is: Soldiers', Sailors' & Airmen's Families Association and it is the oldest military charity in the UK.
Mr David McCorkell served as Regional Chair of Northern Ireland & the Republic of Ireland for six years, having been appointed in 2016 and he served two three year terms. Typically Trustees only serve two terms.
He said “it’s been a privilege to contribute to such a historic and worthy charity”.
Details on SSAFA's Governance can be found here: www.ssafa.org.uk/about-us/our-organisation/our-governance
The following message was circulated by the Lord-Lieutenant, in his capacity of Knight Commander of the Commandery of Ards, the head of St John in Northern Ireland, to the the volunteers of the Order of St John in NI:
I hope that this finds you well during these uncertain times.
I am conscious that the COVID-19 pandemic has meant that we have had very few chances to meet in person, so I wanted to reach out to you electronically. It seems a long time ago that we convened in St Anne’s Cathedral for my Installation and the Investiture. Undoubtedly a personal highlight of the year for me. I would like to take this opportunity to reiterate my thanks to my predecessor, Viscount Brookeborough KG, for his service to the Commandery.
I wanted to share with you some stats that were released about St John Ambulance’s UK-wide’s contribution to the pandemic. This week, following the Grand Prior’s visit to thank St John staff at a vaccine centre in England, it was announced that our volunteers have given an incredible 850,000 hours of their time, many on top of full time jobs, in order to deliver millions of COVID-19 & flu jabs. This doesn’t even take into account the hours and hours logged in our ambulances, at events and delivering vital training.
The contribution from our volunteers, particularly in carrying out great numbers of patient transfers, has been no less heroic, and very inspiring. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your contribution to the activities of the Commandery of Ards. We appreciate the sacrifice that many of you make in order to fulfil our sacred duty and serve humanity.
We have much to look forward to next year, as we move into HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, our Sovereign Head. We will also mark the 100th Anniversary of St John Cadets. We are hopeful that restrictions will ease allowing us to meet in some capacity at Hillsborough in March for an Investiture and then meet again at St Columb’s Cathedral to mark St John’s Day in June.
Finally, renewed thanks for your continued support of the Commandery and I wish your family and you a very happy Christmas and all best wishes for the New Year. During this festive season, we are filled with hope. I am hopeful of meeting again soon next year to continue to carry out the Order’s duty.
ProFide, Pro Utilitate Hominum
Stay safe and well.
David W McCorkell KStJ
Knight Commander of the Commandery of Ards and Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of County Antrim"
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