London, United Kingdom (PressExposure) March 04, 2010 -- TWO local Volunteers have been invited to a special reception hosted by Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.
Dave Connor, Officer for the Borough of Greenwich for St John Ambulance London (Prince of Wales's) District, and Dean Gardner, Divisional Superintendent of Erith Division, have been specially chosen to attend a formal reception at City Hall on March 21.
The reception is being held to recognise distinguished members of the community from Greenwich and Lewisham.
Dave, who joined the Bexley Division of St John Ambulance in 2000, was appointed Borough Officer of Greenwich in 2009. He lives in Bexleyheath.
He said: 'It was a lovely surprise to receive the invitation in the post, I am really proud and looking forward to the evening.
'I joined St John Ambulance after training as a first aider at work. I realised I needed more practice, so I went along to learn more skills. Soon I was helping at large public events and managing other Unit Leaders.
'I started off as a fairly unconfident first aider at work and ended up working on ambulances, so St John Ambulance has made a real change to my life.'
Dean has been a Member of St John Ambulance in Erith for 26 years and now manages the busy Division, which has active Adult, Cadet and Badger Groups. He lives in Barnehurst.
He said: 'I feel very honoured to have been invited to the Mayor's Reception, it was a lovely surprise and I'm looking forward to representing St John Ambulance.
'I joined Erith Division as a Cadet in 1984 and I've worked my way up, becoming Superintendent 15 years ago.
'One of my regular duties is as Station Commander at The Valley for Charlton Athletic's football matches. It's an extremely varied role and takes a lot of time, but I really enjoy it.'
Ann Cable, Commissioner of St John Ambulance London (Prince of Wales's) District, said: 'I am delighted that Dave and Dean have been invited to attend the Mayor's Reception.
'They are both valued Members who are well-respected by all and who consistently provide hundreds of hours of service to the community each year.
'We know that first aid can make the difference between a life lost and a life saved, and it is only with the dedication of Volunteers like Dave and Dean that St John Ambulance is able to treat more than 20,000 people every year at community events.'