Bill Musselwhite (centre) receives the Order of St. John from John Nadeau

Bill Musselwhite (centre) receives the Order of St. John from John Nadeau

Local earns special award

Bill Musselwhite has received the Order of St. John from St. John Ambulance.

A Vernon man has been recognized for his contributions to the community.

Bill Musselwhite has received the Order of St. John from St. John Ambulance.

“Bill was instrumental in supporting and mentoring people who became superintendents. He is a solid presence in that program,” said Jeff Nelson, Vernon St. John Ambulance manager.

Musselwhite has volunteered at least 2,500 hours with St. John Ambulance since 1998.

He started out as a medical first responder and was promoted into leadership roles.

“Bill’s been an integral role model and has a key player in emergency and disaster response plans for St. John Ambulance in Vernon,” said Nelson.

“The importance of this was especially evident during several forest fire evacuations over the years where St. John Ambulance volunteer members assisted residents during some of the most stressful events of their lives.”

The investiture ceremony was held in Victoria and the honour was presented by Lt.-Gov.  Judith Guichon.