Long Service Award

We are delighted to announce that one of our longest serving first aid trainers was recognised at a surprise event on Friday 17 March 2017 to mark her retirement.

Sylvia Cockburn has worked with St Andrew’s First Aid’s social enterprise for almost 30 years, delivering a range of training courses and assessments.

At the grand age of 82, Falkirk resident Sylvia has led more than 1,500 courses and trained around 15,000 people, helping to support the charity’s ambitions for Scotland to become a nation of life-savers.

In 1999, she was one of the first people to achieve the then, brand new First Aid Trainer / Assessor award qualification. She went on to qualify as a Training and Development assessor and later, an Internal Verifier, with responsibilities for the development of a number of other trainers and assessors.

Sylvia was given a surprise send off by the team at an event held at their head office in Glasgow. She had thought she was attending an informal meeting and was met with a room full of staff and colleagues, past and present. Sylvia was then presented with the Conspicuous Service Award, the highest form of service recognition, which has only been awarded to five others in the organisation’s 180 year history.

Along with Sylvia, 19 other long serving members of the charity and social enterprise were recognised for their commitment and service.

Sylvia said: “It was a complete surprise – but a really lovely one. I have enjoyed my time working with St Andrew’s and it has been a pleasure to teach vital life-saving skills to so many people.”

St Andrew's Long Service Award - Sylvia Cockburn

Michelle Ferguson, managing director of St Andrew’s First Aid Training and Supplies Ltd., said: “The commitment and dedication shown by Sylvia is enormous and she will be greatly missed. She has trained and assessed thousands of people during her time with us and is an inspiration to many of our customers and staff.”

“We wish her all the very best. Her legacy will remain with us for years to come.”

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