Three members of the Everiss family, spanning three generations, have been invested into the Order of St John – an honour that recognises exceptional service, rather than age or length of service.
The most recent was paramedic Andrew, whose investiture took place on November 28 at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Auckland.
Andrew, who has served full time with St John for 18 years, was made a Member of the Order and was invested by the NZ St John Chancellor, John Whitehead.
He follows in the footsteps of his mother Barbara, who is an Officer of the Order, having served 51 years as a volunteer with St John on the Hibiscus Coast, and his grandmother Margaret Christie, who is a Member of the Order having served 30 years as a volunteer, prior to her retirement.
Barbara says it was an extremely proud day for the family and one that they will never forget.
“To have my mother, who is now 97, able to attend was exceptionally special.”
Barbara and her mother are long time Orewa residents and Andrew has lived on the Hibiscus Coast all his life, currently in Stanmore Bay.