Youth cadets receive top honour
Posted at 6:00am Thursday 10 Oct, 2019 | By Staff Reporter
Two Wānaka youth cadets recently received one of the highest awards they can achieve in the St John Ambulance Youth Programme. Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy presented Maddison Frazer, 16, and Kenzie Muir, 18, with their Grand Prior Award in a ceremony in Dunedin on September 12.
Frazer has been a member of St John Wānaka since it started 10 years ago and has also achieved her Super Penguin Award. She is also notably the first cadet in Central Otago to complete more than 1000 hours of community service. “It has always been a goal of mine to get 1000 hours, but as soon as I got my 100 hours when I was nine [years old], it became more about helping people and making a positive difference to someone's life and the feeling that you get from giving…rather than receiving the award,” said Frazer. The Mount Aspiring College student has helped run the St John Youth program and supported Challenge Wānaka as well as the Rotary Club of Wānaka amongst several other types of community support and involvement.
Muir joined St John Wānaka after moving to town with prior involvement in St John Christchurch. She has completed more than 200 hours of community service and has helped run the division before to moving to Dunedin four months ago. "Receiving my Grand Prior as a St John cadet/leader is the greatest honour and achievement I have accomplished from my time as a cadet," said Muir. "It signifies how far I have come and how far I will go. I am currently undertaking study at Otago Polytechnic and plan to begin my Bachelor of Nursing in 2020."
She added, "I feel prepared and comfortable that the skills and knowledge I have gained from my time in St John place me in a great position to as I begin this next journey."
The Grand Prior Award is received after the cadets complete 12 different skill and knowledge badges, including first aid, leadership, communication, community awareness and the history of St John. The award recognises a self-motivated young person's ongoing commitment, compassion and support, and it is recognised and awarded internationally by various branches of the program.
Two other Wānaka cadets, Kate Goodsell, 17, and Melanie Telford, 19, were unable to attend the Dunedin ceremony and will receive their Grand Prior Award at a later date.