Annual Investiture Ceremony
40 St John Ambulance WA members recognised for exceptional service to the organisation.
St John Ambulance WA (SJAWA) has recognised more than 40 members for their exceptional service to the organisation at the annual Investiture of the Western Australian Commandery of the Order of St John. The Investiture was held on Saturday, 5 May 2012 at the Government House Ballroom in Perth
and was conducted by the Knight Commander, His Excellency Mr Malcolm McCusker, Governor of Western Australia. At the ceremony, 35 members were admitted to the Order of St John, two members were promoted to Knights of St John, one member was promoted to Commander and three members were promoted to the grade of Officer. Five members were also presented with Commandery Commendations in recognition for their service to the organisation. SJAWA Chief Executive Officer, Tony Ahern thanked all members for their significant contribution to the organisation and for their ongoing commitment to the service of humanity.
“Being admitted to, or promoted within, the Order of St John is a great honour and we are very proud of those recognised this year,” Mr Ahern said. “Most of the members recognised at the Investiture are volunteers with St John Ambulance WA and some have dedicated up to 54-years of service to caring for their community.
“It is therefore deserving that we recognise their longstanding commitment through a memorable ceremony that is rich in history and dignifies the efforts of our members.” Mr Ahern said occasions such as this highlight the many remarkable volunteers and employees that form the fabric of the wider St John Ambulance organisation.
- The Investiture of the Western Australian Commandery of the Order of St John has been held annually since the early 1900’s. The Investiture is one of many ceremonial events conducted by the organisation annually to honour and acknowledge the dedication and commitment of its volunteers and personnel.
- St John Ambulance WA (SJAWA) has a rich history in Western Australia. This year, the organisation celebrates 120 years of First Aid training, with SJAWA commencing First Aid training in WA in 1892.
- SJAWA has been operating the Western Australian ambulance service for the past 90 years, after taking control of the State’s basic ambulance service in 1922.
- Today, SJAWA is the leading provider of first aid training and operates the most efficient and effective ambulance service in Australia.
- SJAWA has around 4,000 volunteers and close to 1,000 paid personnel located across the State.