St John Ambulance station in Katherine hosted an award presentation on Friday to recognise the achievements of 13 young people who have gained proficiency across up to three interest areas, including first aid.
St John Ambulance Juniors and Cadets are for young people aged between 8-18 years old and have met each Monday throughout the school year.
The program is designed to provide young people with the opportunity to develop their social, cultural, emotional, intellectual and moral skills and behaviours.
Northern Territory Volunteer Commissioner Mark Ferguson, a former Katherine resident himself, travelled from Darwin to personally present the awards.
The prestigious Commissioners Badge was awarded to Nathan Wall and Elliott Green.
"The Commissioners Badge is the highest award that can be presented to a Junior Cadet," Mr Ferguson said.
"To be eligible for this award, Junior Cadets need to complete nine interest badges, including Knowledge of the Order."
Both Nathan and Elliott were present to receive this award and were given a hearty applause by their family and friends.
Katherine Divisional Officer Ron Green commented that "the aim of St John Cadets is to guide young people to be responsible members of society with a developed sense of community service."
This is modelled as every Cadet leader is a member of the St John Ambulance Volunteers Adult Division, or other volunteer organisations in Katherine.
In addition to the Cadet presentations, Commissioner Mark Ferguson also presented paramedic, and St John volunteer, Ashlee Elton with the St John Service Medal for 10 years of meritorious service as a volunteer.
Ashlee has been a regular volunteer at campdrafts and many other events across the Katherine region, combining her training as a paramedic with her passion for volunteering.
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