Bilston Soroptimists are proud to announce that member Jackie Brookes has been awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours for her service to Bilston and District club. She has also been recognised for her voluntary work in her village of Moreton. During her 47 years of service to Bilston club Jackie has been President three times including the 50th anniversary when she organised and produced a pageant, commemorating the five decades,involving all members. As one of the club’s programme action officers Jackie is the driving force behind many projects including the Bilston Camels and a cardiac screening weekend for local youngsters. In the last 3 years she has led and continues to lead the club’s work on legislation relating to the criminalisation of forced marriage in the UK. Prior to this Bilston club became concerned about the damage caused by balloon debris. Jackie led the research campaign to raise awareness of this issue and in so doing persuaded some local authorities to change their practice.
Jackie is passionate about the work of the organisation and works tirelessly to help make a difference. She motivates members to get involved and believes strongly in team work. She is the last to take any praise, she ‘ prefers to be behind the camera not in front ‘