St John's Investiture ceremony
The Governor at St John’s Investiture ceremony

Recognising service to humanity at St John’s Investiture Ceremony

I was so honoured to be part of the Investiture Ceremony for the Commandery of Western Australia of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem, and to hear the many incredible stories and citations.

The staff and volunteers I had the pleasure of meeting on stage have given distinguished service to their community in the name of St John and I am proud to recognise and celebrate the achievements of each of these outstanding individuals in fulfilling St John’s motto of “Service to Humanity”.

In times of adversity, heroes are always born. Difficulty most often brings innovation, compassion and a strength of spirit that generally lives under the surface of our day-to-day lives.

COVID has shaken the world to its core and now, more than ever, citizens around the world need the physical, mental and spiritual health assistance that St John’s has provided over its 900-year history.

At the core of the work are the staff and volunteers who give their time, effort and expertise to help others, and who go above and beyond what is required – this is demonstrated by the invitation into the Order by Her Majesty the Queen.



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