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MBEs for three Guernsey women

 

Heidi Soulsby, Dr Sue Fleming and Nikki Harrison will be awarded MBEs for their service to the Bailiwick during the Covid pandemic. The honours were announced in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.

Heidi was the President of the Committee for Health and Social Care in the last States term.  She is a familiar face from numerous media briefings at Beau Sejour, calmly and empathetically relaying the HSC strategy to fight coronavirus and explaining the implications for the public.
Guernsey Press article

Sue is the Matron of St John’s Residential Home and led the response from the care homes, ensuring that all hospital patients were tested before returning home, recruiting former health care staff and sourcing and distributing scarce PPE.
Guernsey Press article      Bailiwick Express article

Nikki is the Chief Executive of St John’s Ambulance and created ‘Volunteer Guernsey’ to direct volunteers who wanted to support people in the community to where resources were most needed. She recruited and trained extra volunteers and worked with a local distillery to produce seaweed sanitiser.
Bailiwick Express article       Guernsey Press letter       Guernsey Press article

The Lieutenant-Governor, Sir Ian Corder, said: “The details of their achievements may differ but they have each displayed outstanding leadership in their field, along with a determination to make things better for the rest of us. I think we can all be very grateful for that.”

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Miriam Makeba - South Africa

Nominated by: Christine James

Zenzile Miriam Makeba (1932 to 2008), nicknamed Mama Africa, was a South African singer, songwriter, actress, United Nations goodwill ambassador, and civil rights activist. Associated with musical genres including Afropop, jazz, and world music, she was an advocate against apartheid and white-minority government in South Africa. In 2020 she was named one of Time magazine’s 100 women of the century. 

South Africa is ranked 12th in the world for percentage of women in national parliament: 45.8% (source: data.ipu.org) 

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The original image “The Hague Jazz 2008 – Miriam Makeba” by Haags Uitburo is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0. 

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Jacinda Ardern - New Zealand

Nominated by: Martin Lock

Jacinda Ardern (born 1980) has served as prime minister of New Zealand and leader of the Labour Party since 2017. In 2019, she led the country through the aftermath of the Christchurch mosque shootings, rapidly introducing strict gun laws in response, and throughout 2020 she directed the country’s widely praised response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ardern was the world’s second elected head of government to give birth in office when her daughter was born in 2018. ‘An inspiring Prime Minister who brought a nation together with true leadership, empathy and compassion.’

New Zealand is ranked 4th in the world for percentage of women in national parliament: 48.3% (source: data.ipu.org) 

Other iconic women: Dame Whina Cooper, nominated by Claire Fisher, and Kate Sheppard, nominated by Anna Cooper.

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