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
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
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."