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Rathlin man honoured by Queen

Thursday, 22 June 2017

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THE CHAIRMAN of Rathlin Development and Community Association has said he sees his recognition in the Queen's Birthday Honours list as a reward for the role, rather than anything personal.
Speaking to The Chronicle from the Greek Island of Lesvos where he is currently volunteering, Michael Cecil said he thought the volunteering side of his life may have played a part in the committee's decision to award him an OBE.
The OBE was awarded to Michael for Services to Community Development on Rathlin Island. Michael, who's also employed as the skipper of the Rathlin Island ferry, said: "I see this recognition more as an award for the role I currently occupy than anything personal. Many residents of rathlin give freely of their time to help develop the island , many others have dedicated large amounts of their lives in the past and I know many will in the future.
“I understand these awards are heavily scrutinised by a panel before any recommendations are made , as I'm currently on my fourth visit to the Greek island of lesvos in response to the ongoing refugee crisis I would imagine that side of my life has played a part in the awards committee decision."
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