St John acknowledges ambulance heroes in Awards Ceremony
On Monday, November 7th, 2022, 87 St. John Ambulance recognized the distinguished contributions of officers, volunteers, and members of St John Ambulance complemented by the graduation of over 100 ambulance officers either as reservist ambulance officers, trainee ambulance officers, or qualified ambulance officers.
The investiture awards and graduation ceremony recognized these selfless acts and contributions of individuals in the organizations to the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem (Order of St John).
The ceremony was presided over by His Excellency, Governor General for Papua New Guinea, Sir Bob Dadae, and Chancellor, Cameron Oxley from St John Australia.
With His Excellency, Sir Bob Dadea as a witness, Chancellor Oxley officially installed the Order of St John medals to five recipients; among them were Commissioner and Chief Executive for St John PNG, Mr. Matthew Cannon.
Chancellor Oxley congratulated all recipients and welcomed them as new members of the worldwide family of St John.
In addition to those invested, Commendation Awards were presented in gold, silver, and bronze categories to individuals and officers who displayed exceptional, distinguished, and notable performances in their line of duties.
Chancellor Cameron Oxley stated, “A great and historic day for St. John Papua New Guinea with the investiture of remarkable and worthy recipients. Congratulations to new graduates who are now members of a worldwide, caring St John family”.
St John CEO, Matthew Cannon thanked the Chancellor’s timely visit to PNG to preside over this important occasion, members of the St John Council, and His Excellency, Sir Bob who has made an exemplary effort to support the work of PNG St John. CEO Matt Cannon said “I want to personally thank each and every one of them here today for their guidance, perseverance, and passion for the work of S John. Their leadership enables the men and women of St John to make a significant contribution to the pre-hospital and emergency healthcare”.
The ceremony concluded with closing remarks by His Excellency, Sir Bob congratulating all awardees and graduates.