Sergeant ‘hum­bled’ by school award

Central Leader - - News - By Janie Smith

Not ev­ery ca­reer will take you to ex­otic places around the world where you can help keep the peace.

But for po­lice sergeant Brid­get Doell, be­ing de­ployed to Afghanistan, Pa­pua New Guinea and the Solomon Is­lands is all part of the job.

Ms Doell, a for­mer St Cuth­bert’s Col­lege stu­dent, has been named by the school as a top achiever in its in­au­gu­ral Mak­ing Their Mark awards.

The awards mark Lead­er­ship Week, which ended last Fri­day.

Ms Doell grad­u­ated from school in 1989 and com­pleted a com­merce de­gree be­fore go­ing to po­lice col­lege.

“It didn’t re­ally oc­cur to me as a long-term ca­reer. I only saw the pos­i­tives of go­ing to po­lice col­lege, the great peo­ple you meet. “It was a great ca­reer choice.” She has been based in Auck­land city, work­ing on the front­line since re­turn­ing from Afghanistan in May.

“It was awe­some. It’s such an amaz­ing place, full of in­ter­est­ing cul­tures and ex­pe­ri­ences.”

Her role in­volved help­ing to train the lo­cal po­lice force, sim­i­lar to the work she did in Pa­pua New Guinea in 2006.

In 2004, Ms Doell spent time in the Solomon Is­lands as an in­ves­ti­ga­tor.

Hav­ing such a wide range of op­por­tu­ni­ties is the high­light of her ca­reer so far.

She says she was hon­oured and hum­bled to re­ceive a Mak­ing Their Mark award.

“There are oth­ers who de­serve it more than me.”

The other re­cip­i­ents are Carly Arnold, who works for In­fratil, and lawyer Rachel Paris.

St Cuth­bert’s prin­ci­pal Lynda Reid says re­cip­i­ents had to match a set of cri­te­ria.

They in­cluded show­ing lead­er­ship skills and a range of per­sonal qual­i­ties, in­clud­ing re­silience, stamina and work­ing hard to get where they are.

“You can see that in Brid­get’s CV, a com­mit­ment to real ex­cel­lence and to New Zealand. We think she has done some re­ally coura­geous things.”

Ms Reid says the work and achieve­ments of the re­cip­i­ents will in­spire cur­rent stu­dents.

Lead­er­ship Week was launched by the Sir Peter Blake Trust in 2006 and in­cludes the trust’s lead­er­ship awards.

The top award is the Blake Medal, which this year went to Sir Murray Hal­berg.

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