Deaf Direct trustee named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list
|We are delighted to announce Deaf Direct Trustee Donna Brayley-Willmetts has been named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list!
Donna works as College Facilities Manager for the College of Social Sciences at the University of Birmingham, and has received a British Empire Medal for services to higher education. Donna has worked at the University for 29 years and supports the University’s core activities by managing the services, buildings and physical resources. This work ensures a safe and efficient working environment for staff and students. Demonstrating her enthusiasm and desire to help others, she learned sign language and in 2009 became a trustee at Deaf Direct (and is Chair of the Personnel Sub-Committee), and works as a volunteer.
In a press release at the University, Donna said “I have worked at the University for almost 29 years and can honestly say I have loved every minute of it! My other enthusiasm is my role as trustee at Deaf Direct in Worcester. Like most charitable organisations it struggles to get funding yet it is an essential service for the Deaf community. I have no direct links with deafness but feel passionate about raising awareness of deafness and its impact; and feeling the need to promote equality, diversity and human rights at work. Through this service I can hopefully give something back to the community and play a small part in the lives of those who have possibly been less advantaged. It is a real privilege and very exciting to have been awarded a British Empire Medal.”
Established in 1922, the British Empire Medal is awarded for meritorious civil or military service worthy of recognition by the Crown. Recipients are entitled to use the letters ‘BEM’ after their name.
On behalf of all the trustees, staff and volunteers at Deaf Direct, we send many congratulations to Donna for this well-deserved award.