Monarch Lauds Adventist Woman for
Community Service, ADRA Work
Saddler receives Order of the British Empire at Buckingham Palace
Seventh-day Adventist woman has received the Queen of England's recognition for her community service.
Joan Saddler, a member of the Hampstead Adventist Church and the London Adventist Chorale, received the Order of the British Empire from Queen Elizabeth II December 6 during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
Saddler was recognized for her promotion of equality and diversity in healthcare, volunteer service, and for her work with the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA).
The award was created by King George V in 1917 and is the order of chivalry of British democracy. "Valuable service is the only criterion for the award," states the Buckingham Palace Web site.
|ROYAL HONOR: Joan Saddler was presented with the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II on December 6 for her volunteer work with mentoring minorities and influencing social health policy. [photo: Richard de Lisser/ANN]
Saddler is the second Adventist to receive the order in the last two years. Adventist Pastor John Arthur was also awarded the order in June 2006 for his work with ADRA.
"As Adventist Christians we must live our values and put our faith into practice and God will bless us," Saddler said during a post award celebration with friends and church leaders at London's Advent Centre.
Saddler has served for years in the voluntary sector mentoring ethnic minorities and publicizing healthcare information for citizens.
In 2003 she became chair of Waltham Forest Primary Care Trust, a unit of the U.K.’s National Health Service. It became the first organization to publish performance evaluations for every general practitioner in the local newspaper.
Saddler has served on committees for a range of local and regional agencies and is a member of the ADRA-UK board. In 1998 she developed a mentoring program for black women managers in Islington.
Saddler founded Direct Consultancy, which provides research and capacity building programs for Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities, and is a founding member of the Haringey Women's Forum, an advice and information service.
She jointly proposed and is co-chair of the National Health Service BME Leadership Forum, which mentors 75 BME leaders in influencing the NHS health and social care policy.
— by Richard de Lisser, Adventist News Network, with AR staff