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Rebekah gives back to Guernsey


Congratulations to Rebekah Johnston – newly-appointed member of the Police Complaints Commission and a woman in public office in her early 20s.

Rebekah moved to Guernsey four years ago after completing her A Levels. She’s a paralegal with Carey Olsen and is studying for a law degree.

We asked Rebekah why the Commission appealed to her:

“I was encouraged to look into public roles by a colleague in order to gain new skills and push my boundaries with a view to furthering my skillset, and found that the PCC were looking for new members whilst browsing the website. It jumped out at me instantly and I knew it would be something I would be a good fit for.

“I am passionate about giving back to the community and wanted to step outside of the sphere of working with young people to find a role where I could indirectly help Guernsey’s people.

“In my role within the PCC I feel that I can be a part in reinforcing the public’s confidence in our police force by ensuring investigations into complaints are conducted properly.”

Guernsey’s iconic women of the future?

Thank you for nominating a young woman or girl for our future iconic Guernsey women campaign to celebrate International Women’s Day!

Nominations close on Sunday 6 March at 17.00.

Please fill in the details below.


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: 

Are you from South Africa? Please email if there is a social or cultural group for people from South Africa in Guernsey.

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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. 


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: 

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

Are you from New Zealand? You may be interested in joining the ANZACs in Guernsey Facebook group

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