Waringstown woman ‘shocked’ at honour

Caro-Lynne Ferris
Caro-Lynne Ferris

A ‘shocked and slightly embarrassed’ Waringstown woman has been honoured by the Queen 21 years after her own mother received an honour.

Dr Caro-lynne Ferris, Executive Director of Outdoor Recreation Northern Ireland has been recognised in the Queen’s birthday honours list with an OBE for her services to outdoor recreation.

And the news comes 21 years after her mother Mary Ferris, a retired principal of Lurgan Junior High School, was also honoured by the Queen.

Caro-lynne (47), a former pupil of Lurgan Model, Lurgan JHS and Lurgan College, said she was ‘very surprised’ and said she regarded it as an honour more for the organisation she represents than for herself personally.

Outdoor Recreation NI (previously known as Countryside Access and Activities Network) is a not-for-profit organisation with the vision of ‘placing outdoor recreation at the heart of society’. Dr Ferris was the organisation’s first employee in 1999 working from a small portacabin and has successfully grown the organisation which now has 17 staff.

Outdoor Recreation NI Chairperson Mr Dawson Stelfox said he is delighted on the announcement. “The Directors and Staff of Outdoor Recreation Northern Ireland are thrilled with the recognition of Dr Caro-lynne Ferris in the Honours list for her commitment and skill in leading ORNI in its vision.”

Also receiving an honour is Dian Joyce Heaney who receives a MBE for voluntary service to the community in Craigavon.

Samuel James Thompson is to receive a BEM for voluntary service to the community and ex-service personnel in Portadown

Gloria Hunniford is to receive an OBE for services to cancer.