Pair receive awards for St John work

YVETTE BATTEN - NORTH TARANAKI MIDWEEK
Last updated 05:00 16/07/2014
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Efforts recognised: Joan and Bruce McCardle have both been awarded Order of St John honours.

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Two Taranaki people have been awarded Order of St John honours.

New Plymouth couple Joan and Bruce McCardle travelled to Auckland to be awarded the special honours, sanctioned by the Queen.

Joan, who joined St John 47 years ago, was promoted to the level of officer while Bruce, was awarded with the role of Member to the Order of St John.

These awards are an independent part of the New Zealand Royal Honours System and only about 1700 people nationally hold the awards at any one time.

Both were honoured and surprised when they found out about the awards.

"You get nominated," Bruce said. "We've got no idea who nominated us for these."

Joan started as a youth member in the 1950s and continued to volunteer throughout the years holding various roles.

More recently she's been the Taranaki Caring Caller District manager and Friends of the Emergency Department co-ordinator.

"You just do it because the job's there needs doing. I love working for St John," she said.

Bruce's roles over the years include volunteer ambulance officer, events officer, area committee member and the Taranaki area administrator.

"It's because we love what we do and because we dedicate so much of our time to St John that we've received these honours," he said.

The ceremony was held in St Patrick's Cathedral on June 21 and were presented their awards by St John Prior and Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae.

St John is always looking for more volunteers. To find out more call 0800 785 646 or visit stjohn.org.nz.

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