This week has seen many more Victorians receive their Australian Honours in COVID-safe ceremonies at Government House.
The Governor and Mr Howard are once again able to host small events at Government House Victoria, and this week has seen many more Victorians receive their Australian Honours in COVID-safe ceremonies.
One of those Victorians honoured this week was Ms Elisabeth Newman of Middle Park. Ms Newman was honoured with the Medal of the Order of Australia for her significant service to women at both a national and international level. Mss Newman has served the National Council of Women since 1976, firstly as a delegate and then holding many offices in the organisation, culminating in her position as President, a role she has held since 2017. Ms Newman has also been a member and office holder of the International Council of Women.
Ms Newman has also been an active member of her local community for many years, and is a current member of both Christ Church St Kilda, and the Australian Garden History Society. She has previously been a member of several other associations, including Women's Health West, the Royal Overseas League, and the Victorian Council of Social Service.
Also receiving a Medal of the Order of Australia this week was Ms Colleen Pearce. Ms Pearce was recognised for her significant service to the community through public advocacy roles. She has been the Victorian Public Advocate since 2007, has served as a Commission Board Member at the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission. Ms Pearce has held positions of the boards of many organisations, including Wintringham, Connecting Home and Frontier Services. She is a former Director of both the Victims Support Agency and Diversity Issues Unit and UnitingCare Victoria and Tasmania, and is the former Manager of the North Richmond Community Health Centre. She was an inductee onto the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in 2016, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Social Sciences by RMIT University in 2018.