Sergeant ‘humbled’ by school award
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.