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Media Release: Territory role models awarded for excellence
  23 Nov 2022

Paramedics, staff and volunteers of St John NT have been recognised as role models within their profession and community at the St John NT 2022 Excellence Awards held at Parliament House this evening.

Awards were presented for demonstrating excellence in leadership or clinical practice while providing an outstanding level of care, professionalism and compassion for members of the Northern Territory community.

“This year has seen some challenges however the dedication, hard work and resilience of our team members has continued to shine through,” said St John NT CEO Peter Ali.

“The recipients of these Awards go above and beyond the call of duty, clearly displaying St John NT’s values of integrity, respect, empathy and collaboration.”

Alice Springs paramedic James Clemow received the Rotary Club of Darwin Sunrise Paramedic of the Year 2022 Award. James was recognised for his leadership and excellent clinical skills as well as his willingness to support and uplift his peers.

The Excellence in Service Award was presented to Darwin team member Kate Owen for her dedication to her role as ambulance support coordinator. A long-standing member of the organisation, Kate recently celebrated 15 years of service with St John NT.

Volunteers for St John NT recognised on the night included Neveah Willcox who received the Junior Volunteer of the Year Award for her dedication and commitment to her volunteer division based in Katherine.

Other awards received on the night included National Service Medals presented to members of the St John NT ambulance service who have provided long and diligent service over many years. Save a Life Awards were given to two Top End community members in recognition of their brave actions applying lifesaving first aid.

“Congratulations to all of those who received acknowledgments tonight,” said Mr Ali.

Rotary Club of Darwin Sunrise President, and sponsor of the 2022 Paramedic of the Year, Joseph Aladin also congratulated this year’s nominees.

“Congratulations to all nominees in the 2022 Excellence Awards. You are invaluable members of the community, and your professionalism, expertise and dedication are worthy of acknowledgement and celebration.”

The St John NT 2022 Excellence Awards are kindly supported by the Northern Territory Government, Rotary Club of Darwin Sunrise, Charles Darwin University, Australasian College of Paramedicine, The Pharmacy Guild of Australia, AANT, Area9, Ironbark Aboriginal Corporation, Colemans Printing and ABC Darwin.

St John NT 2022 Excellence Awards Recipients

Junior Volunteer of the Year (8-11)

Neveah Willcox, Katherine

Youth Volunteer of the Year (12-17)

Joshua Harrington, Darwin

Youth Division of the Year

Humpty Doo Combined Division

Peter Falkland Youth Leader

Chloe Ferguson, Darwin

Paramedic of the Year Southern Region

James Clemow, Alice Springs

Paramedic of the Year Northern Region

Mareesa Bates, Katherine

Patient Transport Officer of the Year

Phillip Ryan, Darwin

Emergency Medical Dispatcher of the Year

Oresti Rakkas, Darwin

Operational Support Member of the Year

Peter Quinn, Darwin

Adult Volunteer Division of the Year

Casuarina Division

Excellence in Service

Kate Owen, Darwin

Adult Volunteer of the Year

Christine Turner, Darwin

Rotary Club of Darwin Sunrise Paramedic of the Year 2022

James Clemow, Alice Springs

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