A St John cadet from Guernsey has been selected to feature in a social media campaign for International Women’s Day organised by St John International.
Mary-Anne Waterton is one of seven St John cadets from around the world, who were shortlisted for the digital campaign shining a spotlight on the young people who are the future of the organisation.
International Women’s Day takes place on Tuesday 8th March and celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women all around the world.
Mary-Anne who initially joined St John as a Badger and says: I feel proud and very honoured to be chosen as one of the seven girls worldwide for the celebration of International Women’s Day. I really enjoyed Badgers and now Cadets. I have learnt lots of new skills which are useful in everyday situations and one day might help save a life.”
St John Ambulance Guernsey has a long history of giving young people foundations, opportunities and experience to go on to have careers in health and social care, both locally and further afield.
Heather Langlois, Chief Executive Officer at St John Ambulance Guernsey said: “We are really excited that a Guernsey cadet has been selected from thousands around the world and very proud to see Mary-Anne featuring in the St John International campaign to celebrate International Women’s Day. As the campaign suggests our Cadets are the future of the organisation and as an inclusive organisation we want to encourage young women like Mary-Anne to develop personal skills, not just in terms of first aid but also skills for life.”
St John Cadets is for young people aged 10 to 18-years-old and meetings take place on a Tuesday and Friday evening at the St John Ambulance Station at the Rohais. Life-saving skills are at the heart of the cadet programme and there is also the opportunity for young people to use these first aid skills by supporting our adult volunteers at events.
Younger children can join St John Badgers from the age of 5. The Badger programme is built around fun based activities which teach a range of skills. 2022 is also a special year for St John, as we celebrate 35 years of the Badger programme.
Mrs Langlois added: “Women are well represented across the whole of the St John organisation in Guernsey. There are a number of women in senior leadership roles and about half of the frontline emergency ambulance staff are women.”
To find out more about youth activities with St John Ambulance Guernsey email firstname.lastname@example.org.