Anglicans honoured for Australia Day

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Anglicans from the fields of broadcasting, education and medicine, as well as members of parish councils and community organisations have been awarded honours on Australia Day.

The Governor-General and Chancellor of the Order of Australia, General Peter Cosgrove approved the awards announced in the Australia Day 2015 Honours List, marking the start of the 40th year of the Australian Honours system.
The list recognises a diverse range of contributions and service across all fields, including professional endeavours, community service, Defence and Emergency Services personnel, and acts of bravery.

As well as a range of people from other backgrounds, Anglicans from Sydney have again featured.

2CH Radio personality Gareth Mcray, a member of St Paul’s, Castle Hill, was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia, OAM for services to the community, to broadcasting, and to education.

Professor Janice Reid, who has been extensively associated with Anglican Schools, was made a companion of the order of Australia, (AM) ,for eminent service to the tertiary education sector through executive roles, as an advocate for equitable access to educational opportunities, particularly for Indigenous, refugee and lower socio-economic communities, and to health, medical and health care research and cultural bodies.

Surgeon Andrew Gatenby, a member of Campbelltown Anglican and a Past Council Member of Macarthur Anglican School, and past Parishioner and Church Warden, Narellan Anglican Church and Minto Anglican Church was given an AM for significant service to medicine, particularly as a colorectal surgeon, and to the community of south west Sydney. 

In other OAM awards, several or former members of St John’s, Gordon were honoured. 

They are Mrs Maree Ann Grieve, for service to the community through charitable initiatives, Keith Miller, Mrs Alice Miller and Mrs Margaret Stafford for service to the Anglican Church of Australia, and to the community.

Mrs Lorna Wright, who taught Sunday School at Holy Trinity Anglican Church for 40 years and who also also served as a member of the Parish Council, was honoured for  service to the community of Concord.

Wallace Edwards, a Pastoral Partner and Member of St Matthews in Manly, was given an OAM for service to the community through a range of organisations. 

Mrs June Beck, a member of the parish of Hunters Hill was honoured for service to the tourism and hospitality sector, and to the community. 

Richard Begbie, Honorary Minister at the Anglican church in Bungendore, was given an OAM for service to the community through historical and social welfare organisations.

Elsewhere in Anglican Schools, Mrs Evangeline Galettis, who has had a lengthy association with St Catherine's School, Waverley and as archivist established the school museum, was honoured for service to the community, particularly to educational institutions. 
Brian Larking, Treasurer of the Kings School Council since 2005, received an OAM for service to a range of cultural, social welfare and educational bodies.

In other fields, environmental scientist Rick Morse, a member of Bowral Anglican Church has been inducted as a member into the general division of the Order of Australia, for significant service to environmental management.

In local awards, Laurel Horton, a member of St Peter's Cooks River, was named of Marrickville Council's senior citizen of the year for her work with the church and the community.

See the full list of awards at the Australia Day Awards site.

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