THE chairman of the St John Council for Suffolk has been honoured for work with the St John Ambulance first aid charity.
Joanna Spicer, from Pakenham, has been invested as a Serving Sister of St John at a ceremony in the order’s 12th century Priory Church in Clerkenwell, London.
Individuals can only become Members of the Order of St John if they have shown exceptional commitment to its key foundations, one of which is St John Ambulance, and each person must be approved by the Queen.
Joanna was presented with the order’s insignia by Rodney Green, the prior (chairman) of the Priory of England and the Islands of the Order of St John. He said: “Joanna has been invited to join the Order of St John in recognition of her dedication to helping St John Ambulance’s life saving work and she is a wonderful example of how volunteers can make a positive difference in their communities.”
She said: I am extremely proud of my involvement with St John Ambulance and that I am able to use my skills to the benefit of the charity.
“It is an honour to have become a member of the Order of St John and to spend a day with so many well deserving members.
“I am consistently impressed with the enthusiasm and dedication of all the volunteer members I meet whilst attending major events at which St John Ambulance is providing cover.”
Joanna has also served as a county councillor and as chairwoman of Suffolk’s health and fire authorities.