By Bev Jordan
A cancer researcher, a Cancer Council volunteer, a chess master and cricket legend are four of the locals named in the Queen Birthday honours list.
PROFESSOR PHOEBE PHILLIPS from Baulkham Hills has been appointed an AM (a Member of the Order of Australia) for significant service to pancreatic cancer research and JAMES BUTLER from Norwest has been awarded an OAM for service to people with cancer.
Other incredible locals also named as Members of the Order of Australia are:
• Clinical Professor Sameer Bhole AM from, West Pennant Hills for significant service to dentistry, to education and research.
• Mr Brian Jones AM of North Richmond for significant service to chess at the elite level.
• Maria Said AM of Quakers Hill AM for significant service to anaphylaxis treatment, education and prevention.
• Mr Lloyd Taylor AM of Norwest for significant service to policing in several roles including The Police Association NSW.
• Doug Walters AM from North Rocks, former Test player for significant service to cricket at an elite level (full story page 10).
The Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) has been awarded to:
• Marjorie Clarke OAM from Wilberforce for service to community history, in particular The Australiana Pioneer Village.
• Robert Gardiner OAM from Castle Hill for service to the community through a range of roles including Rotary and chairman of the Red Shield Appeal for 25 years.
• Dennis Mitchell OAM from OAM Ebenezer for service to emergency response organisations including Rural Fire Service for over 30 years and the State Emergency Service for over 20 years.
• Hector Soans OAM from Kenthurst for service to the Anglo-Indian community of Australia.
• Brian Walters, OAM from Cherrybrook for service to veterans through a range of roles, including numerous roles with Castle Hill RSL sub-branch.
• Bill Whitworth OAM from West Pennant Hills for service to the aviation industry.
The locals were amongst 992 Australians named by the Governor-General David Hurley today for meritorious, distinguished and conspicuous service.
“On behalf of all Australians, I congratulate the Australians recognised in today’s Honours List,” he said. “Recipients share some common traits – including selflessness, excellence and a commitment to service.
The Order of Australia belongs to all Australians. In addition to the characteristics of selflessness, excellence and service, each recipient in the Order has something else in common: someone has taken the time to nominate them for recognition.”
He urged people to make a nomination. More information about the Order of Australia is available at www.gg.gov.au.