A customer service manager with Staffordshire County Council is one of five residents to receive a prestigious personal Honour for their contribution to their local community.

Emily Doorbar from Stafford received the British Empire Medal for her work in developing a local contact tracing service during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The winners were announced in the 2022 Queen’s New Year’s Honours lists and include:

Barry Michael Bond MBE – for services to the Voluntary and Charitable sectors

Lianne Jayne Al-Khaldi BEM – for services to the community in Stafford

Ian Derek Mountford BEM – for services in Stoke-on -Trent, Staffordshire, particularly during Covid-19

Adam Ralph Prince BEM – for services to the community in Burnham, Buckinghamshire during Covid-19

Emily Doorbar BEM – for Public Service during the Covid-19 pandemic

The recipients attended a special ceremony hosted by Vice-Chairman of Staffordshire County Council, Cllr Phil Hewitt at County Buildings in Stafford on Tuesday 10 May. Medals were presented to the winners by the Lord-Lieutenant for Staffordshire , Mr Ian Dudson CBE KStJ on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen.

Talking about the awards, Mr Dudson said: “The British Empire Medal is now well established as part of our Honours system, often uniquely recognising voluntary contributions at a very local community level.  The contributions have also been more evident and vital during the last 2 years of the Covid-19 pandemic. I am delighted that we now have another five more Staffordshire residents who have been awarded Personal Honours recently.  Their wonderful contributions have been recognised accordingly and I am privileged to have presented their medals on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen”

Cllr Phil Hewitt added: “It was a great privilege for me to host these presentations and honour these fantastic people, who have done so much for our communities. They have all made invaluable contributions in their services and it was a great pleasure to see them receive such prestigious recognition from Her Majesty for their hard work given over many years”

Emily Doorbar said: “Receiving the award has been a shock and something I wasn’t expecting. As a team we knew how important it was to work together to put support in place for our residents, especially at a time when so much was unknown. I feel proud that we were able to be there for our residents when they needed us and to make a positive difference.

“Contact tracing has played an essential part in our response to Covid-19 and not only has it helped Staffordshire to keep our residents safe, it provided a way for us to connect with our community and offer support at a time when they needed it most.  It’s not something I have done before, so it’s fair to say it’s been a challenge, but a rewarding one.”

Further information on the honours is available at www.gov.uk/queens-award-for-voluntary-service/overview

(Main image: (Left to Right) Vice-Lord-Lieutenant James Leavesley, Ian Mountford BEM, Adam Prince BEM, Emily Doorbar BEM, Lianne Jayne Al-Khaldi BEM, Barry Michael Bond MBE, Lord-Lieutenant Ian Dudson.)

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