Joan Christie OBE has been awarded with a CVO – Commander of the Victorian Order.
This is a private honour awarded by the Queen – not a public one hence minimal local media coverage. It has been covered by the English newspapers and officially announced in the London Times.
It is awarded for services directly to the Royal Family. Joan Christie OBE has been Lord Lieutenant of Co Antrim for the last 9 years and has taken the role of the LL to a whole different level.
In 1976, she was awarded the MBE for services to the Government and then in 2005, she was awarded the OBE for services to Education.
Earlier this year, she was granted Freedom of the Borough for Mid and East Antrim Council.
Speaking to Causeway Coast Community this morning – Son Of Joan, Marcus Christie said, : “My sisters and I are immensely proud of mum and what she continues to achieve! Even though she puts the three of us to shame with her energy.”
Joan Christie OBE said “I am humbled. The role of Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant is in itself a great honour. I am delighted to receive this honour”.
1963-66 Department of Finance Stormont
1966-71 Cabinet Office
1971-79 Asst Private Secretary to 4 Secretaries of State
2005 Deputy Lieutenant Co Antrim
2008 Lord Lieutenant Co Antrim
2017 Freedom of Borough Mid and East Antrim Council
North Eastern Education Library Board
12 yrs including Chairman
South Easter Education Library Board
8 yrs Commissioner
Council Catholic Maintained Schools
10 yrs including Chairman
Queens University Belfast Senate Member
Kilmoyle Primary School Chairman Board of Governors
Sandelford Special School Chairman Board of Governors
Christie Mem Primary School
Board of Governors
Balnamore Primary School Board of Governors
Leaney Primary School Board of Governors
District Policing Partnership
Colonel Army Cadets 1st Battalion
President Sea Cadets Portrush
President RUC George Cross
President Royal British Legion Ballycastle
Trustee UDR Benevolent Fund
Director Christies Ltd
Director J & D Baxter Ltd
Guiding County Commissioner, County Secretary and Ulster PR Advisor
RNLI Chairman Coleraine and Castlerock
Macmillan Cancer Fundraiser and Counsellor
Womens Institute President and Area Executive