Queens Birthday Honors

I want to offer my sincere congratulations to a number of very worthy recipients of this year’s Queen’s Birthday awards. Anne Brackley, who I am proud to say has been a work colleague and friend for almost 20 years, received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her lifetime contribution to Girl Guides Victoria — 41 years of leadership. She has also touched the lives of many people in Drysdale and Clifton Springs, including through school, through children with a disability and of course through her work at the SpringDale Neighbourhood Centre. She is a very, very worthy recipient.

I also want to acknowledge Jocelyn Grant, who received an OAM for her significant contribution to Queenscliff, especially the Queenscliffe Historical Museum, including 12 years as president. Lorraine Stokes was awarded an OAM for her contribution to the community of Portarlington. She was instrumental in establishing the Portarlington Neighbourhood House, being the inaugural president, and was part of the Portarlington Mussel Festival and the Port Arts Network. It has been an absolute privilege working with these three amazing women.

I also want to acknowledge Darryl Thomas of Clifton Springs, Stan Canny of St Leonards and, last but not least, Brian Bourke, who was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for his service to the legal profession and football and as co-founder of Amnesty International. I also want to congratulate Hugh Seward, who is a long-time friend and also my GP.