The Governor-General and Chancellor of the Order of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), approved 891 awards that were announced yesterday in the Queen’s Birthday 2017 Honours List, including several from Flow regions.
Erika Vickery, OAM is the Mayor of Naracoorte and Lucindale Council and received a Medal of the Order of Australia for service to local government, and the community of Naracoorte.
She caught up with Anita on the Mid Morning Work Flow for more.
Mrs Vickery also shared her proudest moments from a council perspective with Flow listeners.
Dr Anne Johnson from Penola was President of Kidsafe SA for 15 years and yesterday received a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to community health, particularly child injury prevention, through executive roles, and as a researcher and academic.
Dr Johnson spoke to Flow FM for the full story.
She also shared some of her career highlights, and spoke about her passion for art which she’s been able to pursue since retiring.
The Queen’s Birthday 2017 Honours List recognises a diverse range of contributions and service across all fields, including professional endeavours, community work, Australia’s Defence Force and Emergency Services.
Other notable winners include Carla and Peter Magarey, OAM, of Loxton.
The Magareys have dedicated years to the Loxton Christian Fellowship, Christian radio, a Christian magazine, community events including the fundraising Loxton mardi gras, and even produced a series of written histories of their Riverland town.
“We’ve been thoroughly blessed to be here,” Mr Magarey told News Corp. “We’re very much a part of the community now.”
For service to the community they have been recognised with an Order of Australia Medal but insist there are many who are as deserving.
“I feel like I’m receiving it on behalf of a team,” Mrs Magarey said.
David Shipway has also received an AM for significant service to Australian football in SA and as a supporter of youth, charitable and medical research organisation — dedicating it to those “footy people”.
“Footy people are the best people you meet in life,” he told News Corp.
“It is a recognition of them — and what they do with our great game in the community — more so than me,” Shipway said. “They keep the game alive and their communities as well.”
His journey in Australian football — from a boy selling raffle tickets at the West Adelaide Football Club to the highest table of power with the SA Football Commission — is one he repeatedly seeks to have followed by others.
“The little kid in the little country town should have his or her dream too,” Shipway said. “The AFL is the pinnacle. But it never ceases to amaze me how important the game is to so many people and so many communities. We should never forget that.
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