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The Governor during a COVID-safe Order of Australia Investiture
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The Governor and Mr Howard welcomed many more Victorians to Government House this week, as the program of COVID-safe investiture ceremonies for the Order of Australia continued.  These ceremonies were rescheduled from March, when investitures for awards announced on Australia Day would usually take place.

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The Governor and Mr Howard welcomed many more Victorians to Government House this week, as the program of COVID-safe investiture ceremonies for the Order of Australia continued.  These ceremonies were rescheduled from March, when investitures for awards announced on Australia Day would usually take place.

Ms Maude Davey was this week awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for service to the performing arts, particularly as an artistic director.  Ms Davey has had a long career working on the screen, on many television and film productions such as Offspring, The Slap and Summer Heights High, and for stage productions as a Director, Artistic Director and performer.  Ms Jane Hansen was named as an Office of the Order of Australia for her distinguished service to the community, to education and cultural institutions, and through philanthropic support for charitable foundations.  She has been the Deputy Chancellor at The University of Melbourne since 2017, and has held various other positions at the University prior to that.  Ms Hansen is the Chair of the Melbourne Theatre Company and has been a Board since 2015.  She has held positions on boards of many other organisations, including the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, the State Library of Victoria Foundation, and the Melbourne Cricket Ground Trust.

Mr Klaus Cimdins was also invested with a Medal of the Order of Australia, for his service to veterans and their families. Mr Cimdins has held various positions with The Royal Australian Regiment Association since 2015, and with the 9th Battalion since 1991.  Also honoured this week was Mr Nigel Porteous, who was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for his service to the community, and to the shipping transport industry.  He has held the position of Vice Chairman at the Mission to Seafarers, Victoria Inc. since 2000, and as well as being a member of the Company of Master Mariners Australia since 1996, he has also held the role of an Assistant Warden since 1992.

Ms Susan Mitchell was honoured for her service to refugees and the community.  Ms Mitchell has held various roles in the Forum of Australian Services for Survivors of Torture and Trauma, including as a National Coordinator between 2001-2003, and as the Manager of the Christmas Island Service in 2009.  She has also held many positions in other organisations, including as Mentor in the Australian Karen Foundation, a Director within the Victorian Branch of Amnesty International Australia between 1987 and 1992, and as a Manager at the Victorian Branch of the Asylum Seeker Assistance Scheme between 1992 and 1995. 

Mrs Rafaela Lopez was honoured with a Medal of the Order of Australia for her service to the Hispanic community of Victoria, as a found member of Foundation House during the 1980s, and as a coordinator at the Foundation for Older Spanish Speaking People.  She has previously been recognised on the Victorian Honour Roll of Women, and was awarded a Community History Award by the Royal Historical Society of Victoria in 2003.

Commander Andrea McAlpine was awarded an Australian Police Medal, after a long and distinguished career with Victoria Police.  Over her 23 year career, Commander McAlpine has been responsible for overseeing specialist units, such as state level emergency management within the Critical Incident Response Team, the Special Operations Group, and the Bomb Response Unit, and she is highly regarded, respected and admired by her peers, her personnel and her managers. In addition, her work in supporting other women for whom she is an outstanding role model.

Ms Pauline Harris was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for her service to the community.  She is a long-standing member of Lions International District 201V1-4, and is the current secretary of the Lions House Foundation.  She was awarded Lion of the Year in 2008 and 2009 at the Lions Club of Heidelberg Warringal, and since 2003 has held the voluntary position of Secretary and Accommodation Manager at Lions House, Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital, which provides accommodation for families and carers of patients in the Austin and Mercy hospitals.

Ms Tasneem Chopra was named as a Member of the Order of Australia for her service to the community through a range of roles.  She has held many board positions, included Chair of the Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights, The Australian Centre for the Moving Image, and the Luke Batty Foundation.  She is also a former Curator for both the Immigration Museum, and the Islamic Museum of Australia.  She has previously been awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from La Trobe University, as well as being named Woman of the Year in the Australian Muslim Achievement Awards in 2013. 

If you know someone who should be recognised for their community work, visit this page for more information about the nomination process.