Volunteers from Avon Scouts Recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours

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Two volunteers from Avon County Scouts have been recognised in the Her Majesty the Queen's 2015 Birthday Honours List. 

Amir Cheema has been given the honour of Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE), and Clare Waggett has been given the British Empire Medal (BEM)

Locally, Amir is District Commisioner for Brunel District (covering much of inner-city Bristol) where he has achieved great feats of growth and inclusion. On a national level, he is deputy chairman of the UK Muslim Scout Fellowship which has the aim of making sure that Scouting is inclusive of the needs of the Muslim community and remove any real or perceived barriers to a young person's development in Scouting. Amir has also been heavily involved in the Pears Development Project. 

Clare started scouting as a young person completing her Guide service flash by helping at a Cub Pack, and never stopped. Clare has held roles including ADC Cubs, District Commissioner for Cabot, Deputy County Commissioner for Avon and now enjoys working with Young Leaders and serving on the Scout National Awards board. She is also heavily involved in Westbury Parish Church, leading the Community Fair.

The pair are among 23 Scouting volunteers to be recognised in this year's honours list, in which The Queen has recognised just over 1000 people nationwide, mainly for outstanding work in their communities. 

Hamish Stout, the regional commissioner for Scouting in South West England was also honoured.

County Commissioner, Graham Brant, said "I am very proud of all the adult volunteers in Avon. These national awards for Amir and Clare recognise the contribution that Scouting volunteers make to the communities they live in. These are very well deserved awards for two outstanding individuals from Avon Scouts."

Clare said "I think the award is not for me, but all the fantastic volunteers that I have worked with over the years to make some amazing things happen. I do feel very honoured to have worked with them all and I love it."