Joan McAuley, Trillick

BEM for services to Pre-School Education

When asked if she was pleased to have been awarded an BEM in Her Majesty The Queen's New Year Honours List 2022, Joan McCauley modestly told this newspaper: "I am, surely."

She said was "delighted" when she received news that she had been awarded a BEM.

She added: "It has come as a big shock to me; the family are all delighted."

Originally from Lurgan, Joan has lived in Trillick for many years and has seen many changes for Peter Pan Playgroup, where she has served 27 years as a Playgroup Assistant.

Joan primarily works with those aged three to four, and enjoys her work immensely.

She laughed as spoke about her work, and said: "It is very enjoyable, and the play group is a second home for me."

Joan praised all of those she has worked alongside over the years, at both a staff and committee level for Peter Pan Playgroup.

She said: "The highlight is seeing children who have just left home come to playgroup, and seeing them grow in confidence over the year, and watching them progress."

Joan added: "It's nice to meet them again and have them tell you all about their new school."

She is married to John and has a son and two daughters as well as a grandson, Adam (4), who are all delighted with Joan's honour from Her Majesty.

A NUMBER of other local figures also received honours from Her Majesty in recognition of their notable works and achievements. These included the following:

Mairead Mackle, a native of Aghadrumsee but now based in Newry, received an MBE for Services to the Economic Development of Northern Ireland. She is the founder and Chief Executive of Tarasis Enterprise.

Imelda Gavin from Lisbellaw has been awarded an MBE for Services to the Excise Compliance Strategy.

Dr. Mary Gordon-McBride was awarded a BEM for Services to the Community. Dr.Gordon-McBride is the author of the ‘Enniskillen in the Rare Ould Times’ books.

From neighbouring Tyrone, Ann Elizabeth Margaret Thompson, from Fintona, has been awarded a BEM for Services to Music and for Services to the Community in Fintona