At the BEM Presentation Ceremony in Clydebank on 27 April, Lord Lieutenant, Rear Admiral Michael Gregory OBE, emphasised the extensive variety of activities of each awardee, all of whom were volunteers to their causes.
Christine Johnston had been working with the Boy’s Brigade for over 40 years and at one time they raised over £20,000 for Mary’s Meals during her 26 years with the BB in Kilsyth and actually going to Malawi with a group of boys.
Derek Norval had been a church organist for over 50 years and had played in a number of parishes - the last 25 in St Pauls Church, Milngavie. He had been Principal of Music at Douglas Academy for 35 years and had been Principal Assessor for advanced higher music with the SQA.
Ann Glenesk had worked as a volunteer at HM Prison Low Moss, Bishopbriggs, where her enthusiasm and dedication to the welfare of prisoners and their families was renowned. She had been instrumental in recruiting local volunteers and paving the way for the local community to help prisoners and their families become more settled and responsible citizens.
George Cochrane had been in the police force and when he retired he championed responsible dog management within society. His responsible dog ownership course, believed to be a world first, focused on the responsibilities of the owner rather than just the behaviour and obedience of the dog.