St John Ashburton Area Committee has recognised John Tyrrell’s long and valuable contribution to St John with the awarding of Area Life Membership.
Mr Tyrrell started in St John in 1973 as a volunteer events officer in Ashburton, a position he held until 2016. In 1989 John became a part-time tutor for external training, a position he retained until the March 2011.
Mr Tyrrell’s commitment to the Ashburton Area Committee has been over many years.
He became an appointed member in 1990 and later continued in the role as an elected member – his membership of the area committee spanned 27 years. During this time he was also deputy chairperson until 1989 when he took a paid role in St John which required him to stand down as an office bearer. He was an active member of Ashburton St John’s Promotions-Welfare sub-committee for six years, including three as chairperson.
In 2002 Mr Tyrrell joined the Lifelink Alarm team, later known as a telecare sales rep and currently a St John home health rep. He rapport with alarm clients is outstanding – he always makes them feel special and valued. He retired from this position in 2017; however he continues to work as a casual rep.
Since retiring from the area committee in June 2017 John has continued to support all activities of St John locally, including assisting at promotional activities and shows a keen interest in everything that the local committee is doing.