Published 19 May 2021

A pupil from St Peter the Apostle High School has been award the prestigious Lord Lieutenant Cadet award and will represent the area at high profile events.

S4 pupil, Joanne Durnan was chosen for her commitment to the Sea Cadets which she has been involved in for six years. During her time in the T.S. Queen Elizabeth Cadets, Joanne has received an Advanced Marine Engineering qualification. 

Each year Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenants appoint young people to serve as the Lord Lieutenants Cadets for their respective regions.

As a Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet, Joanne will assist the Lord Lieutenant, Jill Young, MBE with her duties which can involve being on parade for royal visits, attending Remembrance events and acting as an ambassador for the Sea Cadets and the county.

Joanne is proficient in sailing and sails a pico – a one-person sailboat - regularly from Port Edgar in Rosyth and  Newcastle. 

Joanne, said: “I am very proud to be given this opportunity and I will carry out my duties with great pride. I have been a Cadet for six years and it was only through a chance meeting with a Sea Cadet who was manning a stall at a local Gala Day, that led me to join the Sea Cadets. I love being in the Cadets and on finishing my education, I would like to join the Royal Navy as a Marine Engineer.”  

Councillor Karen Conaghan, Convener of Educational Services, said: “What a great achievement for Joanne on being selected to represent West Dunbartonshire. It’s such an honour and privilege to be picked and I hope she thoroughly enjoys her year.”

Councillor Ian Dickson, Vice Convener of Educational Services, said: “Joanne is clearly a very enthusiastic and dedicated Sea Cadet and is also a great role model, not only for her peers in school, but also to her fellow cadets.  I’m sure Joanne and her family are all very proud of her award and her achievements.”

In 2018, Joanne was chosen by local Clydebank artist, Tom McKendrick, to be included in his Soldiers exhibition to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the end of World War One.  Joanne was painted in her Sea Cadets uniform and the portrait is a magnificent reminder of her duty and service to the Cadets.