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Reserve Forces & Cadets Association
Northern Ireland


11 August 2021

Monkstown teenager, Ellie-May Wilson, has been appointed to serve as Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet for the County Borough of Belfast.

Ellie-May who is an enthusiastic and highly capable Cadet Corporal the Monkstown Detachment Army Cadet Force takes on a largely ceremonial year-long role during which she will attend Mrs Fionnuala Jay-O'Boyle, CBE, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for Belfast on major civic occasions.  In recognition of the award Ellie-May will wear a special insignia on her uniform throughout her year in office.

In the Citation which accompanies the honour, Ellie-May is described as ‘an enthusiastic, dedicated and deeply committed cadet, who is willing to carry out any task asked of her, and always performs to the best of her ability’. 

Ellie-May is praised for continually demonstrating  the strongest of leadership skills, responsibility and care towards others, particularly at training week-ends and camps. Always polite and well mannered, she exudes zeal and enthusiasm., making her a role model for younger Cadets.

She is an excellent shot, and recently made the cut into the National Cadet Small-Bore Top 50, assessed against more than 40,000 cadets en route. Ellie-May is well on her way to achieving the Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award.
In addition to her Cadet activities, Ellie-May is a gifted artist, recently winning a school cup for her GCSE Art and Design, is a member of the St John Ambulance Cadets, and volunteers to help out at her local youth club.  Her award Citation concludes by noting that Ellie-May’s energy and commitment coupled with selflessness and compassionate nature reflect the best of Cadet traditions.

While the ceremony to mark the conferral of her prestigious award was socially-distanced, Ellie-May, pictured with Mrs Fionnuala Jay-O'Boyle, CBE, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for Belfast, is already looking forward to a busy year ahead as Covid restrictions lift.