GB Leader Diana Seeney was awarded an MBE in the New Year's Honours list.
The MBE was for services to Girls' Brigade; Diana has been involved in the organisation for 67 years and is currently a Leader at 1st Peters Hill and a District Network Council rep for Stour Valley District.
Former teacher Diana, 76, says 'I'm so thrilled to have been awarded an MBE in the New Year's Honours.'
Diana joined 52nd Birmingham Girls' Life Brigade, at Small Heath Baptist Church, in 1949 as a Cadet and was commissioned as an officer there in 1961 - the same time as her mum Doris Wagstaff. After moving to Stourbridge in 1967, Diana started 1st Stourbridge in 1969 at Hanbury Hill Baptist Church. Then in 2000, she started 1st Peters Hill group, affiliated to Hanbury Hill Baptist Church but meeting at a school. From 2008, she trained leaders in Kosova and helped to form 3 GB groups there, as well as leading FIZZ mission teams, with her late husband Mike, to the area between 2009 and 2013.
During her GB service Diana has held a number of roles including Commissioner for Hereford and Worcester Division, Commissioner for Stour Valley District, Chairman of Region 3, serving on the national executive/trustee board twice and serving as chair of Queen’s Award, and chair of the Guild of Friendship.
Director of GB Ministries Jules Murdy says 'Huge congratulations to Diana on being awarded an MBE for all her faithful service to GB. It's great to see the work of GB leaders being recognised in this way.'
Diana lists her GB privileges as taking part in performances at the Royal Albert Hall, representing GB at two Buckingham Palace Garden Parties, being part of the centenary celebrations at St. Paul’s Cathedral and The Guildhall, and attending DofE Gold presentations at Buckingham Palace.
In 2013, Diana's GB story was featured in a special anniversary book marking 120 years of GB. In it she said 'GB stands for all sorts of things but I think it’s God’s Brigade. God uses women in an amazing way when He calls them to serve and serving in GB has been an incredible life-long experience.'
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