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Australia Day Honours – AM for Disability Advocate

The late John Moxon AM of Northmead was honoured for significant service to community health, and to people with physical disability.John Moxon

His wife Margaret said: “I am so proud of him but really sad that he didn’t know about it before he died.”

The disability advocate passed away in September 2022 after contracting COVID. He was 83.

John had spent over 52 years as a C7/8 [vertebrae] quadriplegic wheelchair user.  He was injured in a racing accident at the Oran Park race track in 1970 when his car crashed into a wall and he broke his neck.

He was central to the formation of the Physical Disability Council of NSW and was president (1996 – 2002).

He was also a founding member and President of the Physical Disability Council of Australia which was set up in 1996 (now PDA), plus a Board Member and President of Spinal Cord Injuries Australia. He was involved in many organisations and services, including Computer Pals for Seniors.

His wife said he was still an active volunteer until his illness: “He was very active and very sharp right up until he died.”

Bev Jordan

Bev Jordan studied journalism at Harlow College in the UK.  She achieves a Diploma in Journalism from the National Council for the Training of Journalists. After migrating to Australia at the end of 1984, she took up a Senior Journalist position with Cumberland Newspapers, based on the Parramatta Advertiser. She has since worked on the Daily Telegraph, Sydney Morning Herald and was a lecturer in Journalism at Macleay College in Sydney. Bev returned to Cumberland Newspapers (NewsLocal) and worked for 30 years covering all different mastheads, including Mosman Daily, Mount Druitt Standard and finally Hills Shire Times for the last 17 of those years. Bev’s passion has always been local community journalism.  She says “As a journalist, I have always seen it as my job to inform, inspire and involve.  I am a passionate advocate for organisations and people making a difference to the world around them. Connectedness is so important to the health of an individual but also to a community, no matter how small or large.

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