Morina Clarke, regional services manager for Northern Ireland for the charity Epilepsy Action, has been awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire) in The Queen's New Year's Honours list for her services to people with epilepsy in Northern Ireland.
Based at the Royal Hospital Trust in Belfast, Morina became involved in the work of the charity in 1980, as personal assistant to the regional director. Morina's work included advice and information and she was appointed to her current position in 1997 when the charity restructured its services.
Since then, Morina, a health promotion officer by profession, has further developed services to people with epilepsy in Northern Ireland. Her work includes working in partnership with local epilepsy specialist nurses and Epilepsy Action's accredited volunteering service is also in place in the region with volunteers working alongside support branches in the community.
In addition to the information services available at the office in Belfast, Morina organises conferences for both lay and professional groups, including cross border events with Brainwave, the Irish Epilepsy Association.
'I am very pleased that this award for my work for people with epilepsy will help highlight the vital work of the organisation."