CVQO Westminster Award Finalists Announced


Dorset ACF adults and cadets would like to say a huge well done and good luck to Cdt Daisy Atkinson from Christchurch Detachment and Cadet Cpl Amy Brown from Beaminster Detachment on being selected within the finalists for this years CVQO Award.

Both cadets will attend a selection event in April involving a series of Physical and mental challenges, outdoor activities, group tasks, problem solving and a final interview.

They will gain a ILM level 3 award in leadership and management and if selected for the final round they can participate in a lifetime two week trip to South Africa as well as a prestigious award lunch with their families at the House of Lords 

On hearing of her selection Cpl Amy Brown said;  “I was overwhelmed when I found out that I had been picked for the final selection. This means so much to me and it goes to prove with hard work and dedication you can achieve so much. Without wanting recogniition for the work I do with the disabled it is welcoming to know that it is noticed and respected by some. CVQO has been an inspiration to me and it only strengthens the qualifications I have achieved at school. I am hoping my CVQO qualifications will assist me in becoming a disabled youth worker and co-ordinator. Also I intend to become an adult instructor with the cadets.”

SSI Ealson,  Cpl Browns Detachment Commander said;  “Amy and others like her are why I became a youth worker so many years ago. Amy is an inspiration to all other young people out there and to her fellow cadets. Amy has grabbed at every opportunity to put herself forward in cadet activities and her work she does with the disabled children humbles me. I was overjoyed to find out that Amy had reached the final selection board and I know that she will do so well. I wish her and all the other cadets the best of luck and hope she is successful.  GO AMY”

Cdt Daisy Atkinson’s response to selection was;  “Im really pleased and a bit surprised to get to this stage of the Westminster Award. I’ve seen cadets from Dorset get to go to South Africa in the past two years and never thought I’d be in with a chance to emulate them. CVQO have given me the extra qualifications that I hope will help me stand out when I apply for college, university or for Officer Selection, as my ambition is to go to Sandhurst and join as an Army Officer”

 2Lt Elsson, Cdt Atkinson’s Detachment Commander commented;  “As Daisy’s Detachment Commander I’m really pleased for her for getting this far in the Westminster Award – Daisy is a hard working Cadet who takes the time to support those around her, whether its in Cadets or in her role as a volunteer at the Gymnastics sessions. Her nomination is well deserved and I hope she can impress in the next round event in Somerset and go on to make it all the way to both South Africa and the House of Lords”


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