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Huge congratulations to our Chief Executive Officer, Jenn Harrison in being named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours with a British Empire Medal (B.E.M) in regard of her volunteering roles. Jenn, received her medal from the Lord Lieutenant for the West Midlands Mr John Crabtree OBE at a prestigious ceremony at the Banqueting Suite at Birmingham City Council House hosted by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham on the 12th September 2018.
Jenn’s award is in recognition of being Chair of Trustees of Birmingham Vernon Sea Cadets & Royal Marines Cadets and for voluntary service to Young People and the community in Birmingham, Jenn has led a number of social action project from involving young people into volunteering through regular attendance at the Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life in Birmingham, to the delivery of food to the Salvation Army in Birmingham City Centre for homeless people.
Anyone who knows Jenn, knows she is committed and passionate about her roles within the Sea Cadets and other charitable causes. The award also recognises a long history of volunteering within the community. Whether this be volunteering in her sons primary school, to volunteering with a Scout group and helping with bring to life a 90th celebration for the community in Smethwick, to her career as a fundraiser raising over £16m in funds across Sandwell and Birmingham in her 7 year career as well as her role as Chair of North Smethwick Development Trust for a short while.
Jenn Harrison said “it is with great pride that I accepted the nomination. Volunteering within small charities like the Sea Cadets and also in my subsequent role as CEO of North Smethwick are the lifeblood of communities. I have volunteered in some capacity as long as I can remember. I am really grateful to everyone who has supported me in my volunteering journey and praise and feel blessed to work alongside those individuals who continue to volunteer in whatever they can to support other. This is a recognition for us all … Thank you everyone”
The British Empire Medal (BEM) is awarded for a ‘hands-on’ service to the local community. This could be a long-term charitable or voluntary activity, or innovative work of a relatively short duration (3 to 4 years) that has made a significant difference.