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Monday 04 June 2012

ShelterBox Ambassador honoured
ShelterBox Ambassador honoured

Photograph: Jonathon Usher, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, ShelterBox President,  and Dougal Stevenson at Clarence House in 2010.


The Queen has been pleased on the occasion of the celebration of Her Majesty's Birthday and the Diamond Jubilee, to make the award of The Queen's Service Medal to John Dougal Stevenson, for services to broadcasting.

Veteran broadcaster and ShelterBox Founding Ambassador Dougal Stevenson, has been awarded a Queen's Service Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours for his services to broadcasting.

Dougal (69) presented New Zealand's first live network news broadcast at 7.35pm on November 3, 1969.
In a recent interview on TV and in the Otago Daily Times Dougal said, "I got a letter from Government House and my first thought was: 'I'm going to be deported'," he joked at his St Leonard’s home.

"But I am really chuffed about it. I thought it was wonderful and wondered who nominated me.

How nice of someone to think to nominate me and how nice that the Government agreed. It's also rather fun to get this on the weekend the Queen's 60th jubilee celebrations are starting," he said.

As a ShelterBox Founding Ambassador Dougal has been the face of ShelterBox New Zealand since 2006 and was responsible for producing the ShelterBox promotional DVD’s. He has always given freely of his time by helping with PR advice to the members of our Response Teams during our selection and training weekends. 

A ShelterBox highlight for Dougal was the visit to ShelterBox UK in 2010 when he had the opportunity to meet with our President, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall at a reception held in aid of ShelterBox at Clarence House.

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