I would like to nominate Joy Herrett for her work with the Girls' Brigade, an organisation that specialises in working with churches to provide fun and inspiring local groups where girls and young women can belong, achieve and sometimes discover Jesus. Girls Brigade is primarily for girls and young women, aged 4 to 18, and meet in term time in safe and friendly environments. Their aim is to see that children and young people discover what it means to experience and share life to the fill and it is committed so seeing lives and communities transformed and enriched.
Joy has been a Girls Brigade officer for 35 years, captain of her company for over 20 years and Commissioner of the Sheffield South Girls Brigade District for 5 years.
Joy's company has over 50 girls ranging from 5 to 18. It is a testament to her leadership that 5 of the girls who have been through the company, have this year become officers and can give back some of the love, care and enjoyment they received as girls. Joy's company raises funds for both the church and for other charities. Joy also runs leadership train courses each spring for the other officers and older girls in the district.
I think Joy should be praised for the contribution she brings in helping young girls develop into the adults they grow up to be. It is testament to the fact that girls in the Girls Brigade grow up and then send their own girls to the brigade.