GBNI receives the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

3rd June 2019

The Girls’ Brigade Northern Ireland has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.
Alison Stevenson, GBNI President and Deborah McMahon, GBNI Chairperson attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace on 29th May 2019, along with other recipients of this year’s award.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities.  It was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.  Winners are announced each year on 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. 
Representatives of GBNI will receive the award from the Lord Lieutenant of County Antrim later this autumn.
“We are absolutely delighted to be awarded with the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service in this our celebratory 125th Anniversary year.  It is wonderful that the work of the many volunteers within GBNI has been recognised in this special way.  GBNI is blessed to have such committed and passionate volunteers and the award reflects their exceptional dedication to encourage girls to Seek, Serve and Follow Christ.”
Alison Stevenson, GBNI President
“Volunteering within Girls' Brigade Northern Ireland allows me to give back to an organisation in which I gained so many skills and experiences as a young girl.  We offer young girls a safe place to be each week with a varied programme, where they can be with friends, participate in physical activity, learn new skills and hear about Jesus, it is a real privilege to input into our youth in this way.”
Deborah McMahon GBNI Chairperson

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