At the Queen's Award
Presentations are:- Front, L-R: Morva Brown,
GBNI President, Lynda Bryans, GBNI Patron,
Ruth Chikasa, GB International President,
Middle: Anne Russell, Captain Kilmakee GB,
Sarah Anne Petrie Kilmakee GB, Alison
Stevenson, Captain St Paul's GB. Back:
Rachel Dickson, Sarah King, from Kilmakee
GB, Lauren Mulholland and Laura Strain from
St Paul's GB.
FIVE Lisburn Girls have received a top
international award from the Girls' Brigade.
GB Northern Ireland this year awarded 64
girls from across the province with The Queen's Award at a
ceremony in Belfast. Included in the line up were Rachel
Dickson, Sarah King and Sarah Anne Petrie from Kilmakee GB along
with Lauren Mulholland and Laura Strain from St Paul's GB.
The Queen's Award is the highest attainable
in GB and was presented by Girls' Brigade patron Lynda Bryans.
To gain the Queen's Award the girls had to
complete a two year period of work which included community
service, two initiative tests, service within GB, a written test
paper on Girls' Brigade knowledge and a final interview with
This year, one of the initiative tests was to
fundraise to aid a charity of the girls' own choice. In total
just over £11,000 was raised for various charities by the group
of award recipients. In addition some accepted the challenge of
learning to knit - producing tiny cardigans for premature
A beautiful basket of 50 newly knit cardigans
was presented on the evening to Heather Kyle, Clinical Midwife
Manager, Intranatal Services, Royal Jubilee Maternity Service.
The evening was part of a weekend of special
events to mark the visit from Zambia of the International Girls'
Brigade President, Mrs Ruth Chikasa.
She was elected at an international GB
conference in Coleraine in 2006 and in addition to her GB
duties, Ruth currently works full time for the Dreyfus Health
Foundation as Regional Director for Africa. This organisation
works with local communities to help them believe that they can
find solutions to their health problems from within their
communities. She is a trained business administrator who has
served senior government and business leaders in Zambia and
serves as Vice Chairperson for the African HIV & AIDS advocacy
network of religious leaders. On top of that she is an elder in
her church, supports her husband in his full time church work
and is a mother to two teenagers.