Com­mu­nity pride award for ded­i­cated sea cadets leader

Macclesfield Express - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

A CADET leader has won a com­mu­nity pride award for her work.

Karen Black was awarded the Pride of Cheshire Award for her ser­vices as Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer of Bolling­ton and Macclesfield Sea Cadets.

Karen is a full time med­i­cal sec­re­tary but works with the cadets in her spare time. She has been vol­un­teer­ing since Au­gust 1999 and took over the run­ning of the unit in Novem­ber 2012.

She joined the unit af­ter her son Kyle joined, but when Kyle left to join Air Cadets, Karen stayed as a civil­ian in­struc­tor.

She be­came a uni­formed adult vol­un­teer and a pro­vi­sional petty of­fi­cer in 2000 be­fore com­plet­ing train­ing cour­ses to be­come a full Petty Of­fi­cer in March 2002. In 2005 she de­cided to go for of­fi­cer train­ing and be­came a Sub Lieu­tenant in Novem­ber 2006. Karen was pro­moted to Lieu­tenant in Novem­ber 2012.

The cadets meet on Mon­day and Thurs­day nights but as Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer Karen also at­tends train­ing and com­pe­ti­tions, com­mu­nity events and com­pletes health and safety pa­per work.

She said she was de­lighted to win the award, adding: “Sea cadets teaches young peo­ple the tra­di­tions of the royal navy but also life skills such as team work, lead­er­ship and time keep­ing.”

Julie Paisey, from the cadets group, said Karen is an ex­cel­lent role model.

She said: “She’s hard­work­ing, a good leader and a ded­i­cated vol­un­teer. Karen more than de­serves recog­ni­tion for vol­un­teer­ing within the com­mu­nity for more than 15 years and I hope she con­tin­ues to do so for quite some time.”

Sea Cadets is a uni­formed or­gan­i­sa­tion ran as a char­ity for 10 to 18 year olds.

●● Karen Black, com­mand­ing of­fi­cer Bolling­ton & Macclesfield Sea Cadets

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