Terry Roberson, general manager of Bermuda CableVision presents the award to Jacqueline Browne.<em> *Photo by Chris Burville</em>
Terry Roberson, general manager of Bermuda CableVision presents the award to Jacqueline Browne. *Photo by Chris Burville
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THURSDAY, APRIL 26:  Bermuda CableVision today honours Jacqueline Browne for her leadership of local charity, St. John Ambulance, which attends to the first aid needs of the Bermuda community at public events, 52 weeks of the year. Its duties include the upcoming Bermuda Day celebrations and Cup Match, as well as emergency situations and national disasters.

Ms. Browne was presented with the latest Bermuda CableVision Community Service Award for her endeavours at a ceremony held at the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute this morning. The event was attended by Acting Minister of Health, the Hon. Glenn Blakeney, JP, MP;  Minister for Environment, Planning and Infrastructure Strategy, the Hon. Marc Bean, JP, MP; Bermuda CableVision’s senior management team; along with Ms. Browne’s family and friends.

Ms. Browne has served as Executive Director at St. John Ambulance for almost a decade and in her youth was a cadet for the charity, driven by early ambitions of becoming a nurse. As the only full-time member of the team, Ms. Browne is responsible for managing all aspects of the organisation including volunteer recruitment and retention, training, finance, fundraising and youth programmes. Ms. Browne maintains an active dialogue with the St. John Ambulance representatives in its U.K. headquarters and throughout the Caribbean to ensure the Bermuda branch is run to international standards and maintains best practices throughout its operations.

Ms. Browne states her proudest achievement at St. John Ambulance is the successful implementation of a Duty Sector management structure, whereby volunteers have been empowered to form teams with specific responsibilities, such as the maintenance of the charity’s ambulances, and medical supply stocktaking and ordering. Ms. Browne also finds the youth mentoring element of her role fulfilling as she is able to talk to young volunteers and conscripts about their skills development and coaches them into actively addressing their long-term career plans.

Ms. Browne says: “Thank you CableVision for this award. I worry sometimes that St. John Ambulance has been a part of the community for so long that it may be taken for granted so it is helpful to have this opportunity to raise awareness of our needs. The biggest challenge we face is sustaining our volunteer resource as it is cyclical and very few people volunteer beyond a few years. I wholeheartedly recommend St. John Ambulance to anyone interesting in volunteering, as I know from my cadet experience as a teenager that it builds important interpersonal skills such as self-confidence and independence, as well as more specific technical skills.”

Acting Minister of Health, the Hon. Glenn Blakeney, JP, MP, said: “St. John Ambulance has a very important role to play in the provision of volunteer support for our medical and emergency services. Ms. Browne’s influence in making the organisation the success it is today is indisputable and thoroughly deserving of our recognition.”

Minister for Environment, Planning and Infrastructure Strategy, the Hon. Marc Bean, JP, MP, added: “Great leadership and long-term vision is central to the sustainability of our non-profit community that serves the island’s people so well. I am delighted to be here today to applaud Ms. Browne for her excellent service to St. John Ambulance.”

Terry Roberson, General Manager of Bermuda CableVision, comments: “Jacqueline is a prime example of someone that is going above and beyond in her role at one of the island’s oldest charities. Her leadership ensures that this vital service continues to aid people across the community all year round, and particularly in times of need, while inspiring and motivating the next generation of volunteers that work under her.”

As part of the Community Service Award, Bermuda CableVision made a $1,000 donation to St. John Ambulance. The charity currently needs to raise a further $9,000 to get one of its five ambulances repaired and back on the road. Anyone who wishes to make a donation to this cause can contact Ms. Browne on 236-7831 or email info@sjabermuda.org.

Another priority for Ms. Browne is identifying a volunteer Defensive Driving Instructor to train its ambulance licensees, who would be required for 10-15 hours per month. Anyone interested in volunteering for this position can contact Ms. Brown using the same contact details.