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The Governor and Mr Howard welcomed Victorians back to Government House in person this week, with the commencement of COVID-safe investiture ceremonies for recipients of Queen’s Birthday Awards in the Order of Australia. 

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Among those to receive their awards this week were Mr William Gibbons AM, for his significant service to horse racing and to people with a disability, and Emeritus Professor Doreen Thomas AM, who was recognised for her significant service to tertiary engineering education and research, and to women. 

Major General Douglas Laidlaw AM was named a Member of the Order of Australia in the Military Division for his exceptional service as the Commander 4th Brigade and Commander Join Task Force 646 during Operation Bushfire Assist during the 2019-2020 Bushfires, while Colonel Susan Winter OAM received the Medal of the Order of Australia in the Military Division for meritorious service as a specialist anaesthetist and intensivist on multiple overseas deployments, and for her work as a specialist medical adviser to the 2nd General Health Battalion, 3rd Health Support Battalion, and Army Health Services. 

Other award recipients included Mr William Roper OAM, who was recognised for his service to amateur radio, Dr Selvanayagam Selvendra OAM for service to multicultural organisations and to medicine, and Mr Epaminondas Katsalidis AM for significant service to architecture, and to sustainable construction innovations. 

Mrs Lynne Killeen OAM of Werribee received the Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division for her service to the Indigenous community and to women, and the Chair of the Victorian Multicultural Commission Ms Vivienne Nguyen AM was named a Member of the Order of Australia for her significant service to the multicultural community of Victoria. Also honoured for her work with the multicultural community of Victoria was Mrs Ngatuaine Hosking OAM of Clayton. 

In addition, Associate Professor Shelley Penn AM was named a Member of the Order of Australia for her significant service to architecture and design in the public realm, and to professional institutes. 

Visit this page [link] to watch a recording of past ceremonies, and to read the full list of Victorian recipients for Awards in the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for 2021. If you know someone who should be recognised for their community work, visit this page for more information about the nomination process.