Three extraordinary St Albans residents been recognised by the Queen for their outstanding achievements.
The Queen’s Birthday Honours are awarded to people who have gone above and beyond in their respective fields.
Chair of the Arhag Housing Association, Qadeer Kiani, was given an OBE for helping migrants and refugees.
Speaking to StAlbansNews, Qadeer said: “It’s such an honour and I am delighted but more important it provides an opportunity for Arhag and opens doors for us and allows us to expand.
“I’m a St Albans boy, born and bred and I have always had it taught to me by my parents to look after those who are less fortunate.
“I began my journey working as a volunteer, speaking to homeless individuals and now Arhag are partnering up with some big organisations to provide wider support for those who need it including employment advice, domestic abuse and much more.”
Also recognised for his outstanding services was Head of Libraries and Heritage Service, Andrew Bignell.
Andrew said: “I’m rather overwhelmed to be recognised in this way – it really is unexpected.
“I passionately believe in the power of public libraries to enrich and improve people’s lives. I have always done my best to deliver high quality services in any job I have had, but I have never thought of myself as the medal-winning type.
“I’m extremely proud and quite humbled that my efforts have been recognised by the award of a British Empire Medal.”
London North West Healthcare NHS Trust Macmillan nurse consultant, Gillian Claire Taylor, was awarded an MBE for her services to colorectal cancer nursing in St Albans.