In a post on their social media accounts, the Vale of Glamorgan Council revealed that four of their staff members have been awarded British Empire Medals for their work during the Coronavirus pandemic.
A special nomination process was in place this year to recognise those who had made a significant contribution in response to Covid-19. The four members of staff who received the awards were all put forward by Council colleagues.
The individuals recognised with British Empire Medals were:
Cllr Neil Moore, Leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council, said: “Since the coronavirus pandemic struck, Council staff have gone above and beyond to ensure the services on which people rely continue to be delivered.
“I’m sure residents across the Vale would join me in thanking frontline staff operating in Education, Neighbourhood Services, Social Care and many other areas for the exceptional work they are doing in extremely challenging circumstances.
“There are a great many Council workers who deserve credit for the commitment they have shown, but these four have been singled out for special recognition.
“I’d like to thank all Council employees for their efforts over the last six or seven months and congratulate Deborah, Louise, Adam and Sharon in particular on receiving this honour.”
Deborah, who works at Gladstone Primary School, helped distribute food parcels to families during the pandemic. She personally helps prepare and deliver the packages alongside her normal duties and has also assisted with a range of other tasks.
Louise helped a team of staff make contact with over 4,000 vulnerable people across the Vale, ensuring they had the appropriate support during at the outset of the pandemic.
Adam, a caretaker at Gladstone Primary, has worked every day during the crisis, performing a number of extra tasks, including transporting pupils to school.
Sharon was repurposed from her usual role to lead on procuring and distributing PPE for the Council. This role was particularly challenging due to limited supplies and guidance relating to the equipment.
Rob Thomas, Vale of Glamorgan Council Managing Director, said: “Sincere congratulations to Sharon, Louise, Deborah and Adam who have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. This recognition is very well deserved and their contribution in the face of a crisis has been remarkable.
“Throughout this crisis the dedication and selflessness shown by our staff and colleagues across the organisation in response to Covid-19 has been truly inspiring.
“I’m very proud of that attitude and would again like to pass on my congratulations to Sharon, Louise, Deborah and Adam as well as my appreciation to all Vale of Glamorgan Council staff for the way in which they have performed during an extremely difficult period.”
Members of the public have responded positively to the news on Facebook, with one saying, "Congratulations all, well deserved", while another added, "Super news for all".