Our new Knight of the Or­der of St John

Ruapehu Press - - Your Paper, Your Place - MIKE BAIN

A for­mer char­tered ac­coun­tant shoul­der tapped to help an or­gan­i­sa­tion in need is now a Knight of the Or­der Of St John.

Jeremy Stubbs formerly from Tau­marunui and a re­cent res­i­dent of Cam­bridge, ac­cepted the hon­our at an in­vesti­ture cer­e­mony per­formed by the Gover­nor Gen­eral, Dame Patsy Reddy in Welling­ton re­cently.

The Or­der is an in­de­pen­dent part of the New Zealand Royal Hon­ours Sys­tem and con­fers Mem­ber­ship in the Or­der on those who strive to ful­fil its ob­jects and pur­poses.

Stubbs has been with St John for 26 years and his con­tri­bu­tion to the or­gan­i­sa­tion has in­cluded sev­eral se­nior roles, most re­cently as a Pri­ory Trust Board mem­ber.

Re­luc­tantly the 75-year-old has re­tired from his po­si­tion with St John. He is full of praise for the or­gan­i­sa­tion and be­lieves his con­tri­bu­tion was worth­while.

St John Chan­cel­lor Dr Steve Evans KSTJ, thought so too.

‘‘As a long-stand­ing mem­ber of the Cen­tral Re­gional Trust Board, he played an in­te­gral part in mov­ing the board through its amal­ga­ma­tion with the old cen­tral board and mak­ing an ef­fi­cient, work­able new board,’’ said Evans.

‘‘He rep­re­sented our or­gan­i­sa­tion su­perbly and bal­ances un­der­stand­ing of na­tional and lo­cal needs.’’

It was those needs which re­mained at the heart of Stubbs’ time as the deputy chair of the re­gional com­mit­tee and the chair of the Cen­tral Re­gional Trust.

‘‘Be­ing a boy from Tau­marunui, I had an un­der­stand­ing of the de­pri­va­tion of those in ru­ral towns. Their needs is some­thing I al­ways fo­cussed on when de­ci­sions were be­ing made,’’ said Stubbs. . ‘‘St John as an or­gan­i­sa­tion has al­ways been good and I was pleased to be a part of its con­tin­u­ous im­prove­ment to make it what it is to­day, a fully pro­fes­sional am­bu­lance ser­vice,’’ said Stubbs.

‘‘St John has a huge pos­i­tive fu­ture and re­cent gov­ern­ment as­sis­tance en­sures we can dou­ble crew our am­bu­lances.

‘‘I of­ten think back to Tau­marunui and the stress the sole para­medic faced try­ing to cope with emer­gency sit­u­a­tions on her own, that will change.’’

Nearly 30 peo­ple were pre­sented with awards by Dame Patsy in­clud­ing an­other new knight, Geoffrey Thomas Ri­d­ley of Christchurch.

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Sir Jeremy ac­com­pa­nied by his wife Judy sur­rounded by fam­ily at his in­vesti­ture (L) Matthew, Ray & Rachel Burns, and Matthew Stubbs.

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