Acting Chief Fire Officer Adam Eckley said: “This recognition is well deserved and I’m incredibly proud of Donna and all her achievements and contributions to the service over the past 12 years.
“Donna and her team continue to achieve outstanding results in helping people to improve and create better lives for themselves.
Maria Barnett, lead for safeguarding children at Essex County Council, said: “Donna is a highly valued member of the Essex Safeguarding Children Board, who has dedicated herself to transforming the lives of children, families and communities, particularly from the more disadvantaged areas in our society.
“Her passion for safeguarding children, coupled with her innovative and creative ideas in helping vulnerable young people turn their lives around, has made a real difference that has delivered lasting results.”
Greg Stuttle, chairman of Down Syndrome Extra 21, said: “Donna approached our charity ten years ago with the idea to develop a bespoke Firebreak course to benefit and inspire all our members and their families. She has been the driving force behind designing courses that have helped our young people learn essential life skills while improving their teamwork and confidence.
“I’m so pleased that she has been recognised for the work she does with so many groups of people across the county – not just our charity – and I feel fortunate and proud to work so closely with her as a partner.”