Vivienne was honoured in the 2008 New Year’s Honours List for her excellent work at Coventry’s Job Centre Plus. The 47-year-old works on the Business Support team and has been at the centre for 25 years now.
She says she could ‘hardly believe her eyes’ when she arrived home from a swimming gala to find a letter from Buckingham Palace on her doormat. Accepting the award, she said:
“I felt nervous at meeting Prince Charles. He was a friendly and kind person. They showed us how to bow and curtsy and one of their people did a demo. When I first saw it I couldn’t do it but in the end I did. Buckingham Palace was amazing, it was so big inside.”
Vivienne, who is also a keen actress and belongs to a local drama group, performs a number of activities at the Job Centre. Some days she works as a car park attendant, and sometimes she helps out with the administration of booklets and other filing tasks. She’s a keen gymnast too, having been part of the same club for an impressive 40 years.
But Vivienne doesn’t stop there – she’s an Olympic Swimmer too! She is part of the Phoenix Swimming Club and has taken part in the Special Olympics, winning medals galore along the way.
What a woman! Well done Vivienne.