British Empire Medal BATUS teacher Sonia Stanton

A schoolteacher at the British Army Training Unit Suffield (BATUS) in Canada has said "hard work does pay off", after she was awarded a British Empire Medal.

Sonia Stanton, from Ralston School, found out she had been recognised for 'meritorious civil service worthy of recognition by the Crown' after it was announced on New Year's Eve in the London Gazette.

Mrs Stanton has been in Canada for nine years with the Service Children's Education (SCE) for BATUS and plays a crucial part helping British families transition between UK and Canadian schools.

She told Forces Radio BFBS:

"It just makes you feel really humble actually... It was lovely for my children to see me receive it because it's nice for them to see that, actually, hard work does pay off."

"In particular, it was really nice for my daughter to see it because I just think girls can do anything."

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The British Consul General in Calgary, Caroline Saunders, said:

"It's a great privilege for me to be here and present the British Empire Medal. It's the first time I've done it and it's not that common a thing."

"Mrs Stanton... is an excellent teacher but she's also excellent in what she does as a bridge between the Canadian and the British education systems for the British service children that are here.

"The job that Mrs Stanton does is really important."

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Mrs Stanton (centre) with Caroline Saunders and the Deputy Commander of BATUS, Lieutenant Colonel Nick Doyle

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