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Lilian “Lil” Ries (OAM) of Northmead

Lilian Ries Oam
Lilian ries oam was among over 700 people recognised at the australia day honours list

Lilian “Lil” Ries (OAM) of Northmead was recognised for her volunteer work at Ronald McDonald House at Westmead.

She decided to volunteer at Ronald McDonald House, which provides a home away from home for seriously sick children and their families, while she saw it being built and told her husband she would like to volunteer as soon as it opened.

Her son Peter said his mum was one of the first volunteers.

“She would make the beads, wash up and bring sewing home. She would do whatever was needed.”

Lil loved volunteering and only stopped in her 90s. She was so respected that when she turned 100 in July last year her family held her 100th birthday celebrations at Ronald McDonald House.

Her family (she has 3 sons, 9 grandchildren and 14 great, grandchildren) are very proud that she has been honoured for her volunteering.

They will be joining her for Australia Day celebrations at her home.

Other major recipients named in the Australia Day Honours by the Governor General include

Paralympian and former Castle Hill Swimming Coach (Castle Hill Fitness and Aquatic Centre from 2013 to 2018) Ellie Cole.

Ellie who has an OAM was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to sport as an advocate for diversity and inclusion. also appointed AMs are Professor Glenda Wardle from Cherrybrook for her work in the field of science and in particular evolutionary biology and Dr Michael Leigh from Pennant Hills for significant service to tertiary education, and to Australian-Asian relations.

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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