The Foundation is pleased to recognise personal honours and achievements that come the way of our members from time to time:
The 2018 Australia Day Honours announcements brought the marvellous news that our colleague Director, Major General Professor Jeffrey Rosenfeld AM OBE, had been awarded a Companion in the Oder of Australia (AC). The citation reads – “For eminent service to medicine, particularly to the discipline of neurosurgery, as an academic and clinician, to medical research and professional organisations, and to the health and welfare of current and former defence force members” – wonderful recognition of Professor Rosenfeld’s outstanding contribution.
Congratulations to Dr Elif Ekinci, our Dunlop Research Fellow and Board Director, who was promoted to Associate Professor in December 2017. As well as recognising the value of her work, this follows a number of personal honours including addition to the Portrait Gallery of notable alumni of Mac. Robertson Girls’ High School, for her fine professional achievements and contribution to the wider community, and the 2015 Early Career Clinician Researcher Award – Medical Category from the Victorian Clinician Researcher Network from Biomedical Research Victoria.
Carl Schiller OAM CSM, has recently been appointed national president of the Air Force Association – well done Carl.
The Board was pleased to learn of the award of a Medal in the Order of Australia (OAM) to our Chair, Mike O’Meara, in the June Queen’s Birthday Honours list. The award is in recognition of Mike’s service to Veterans and their families and to the community of Kilsyth. In June 2016, Mike’s work was recognised by the Rotary Club of Montrose and District with their Kevin Heinze Community Award for service to the community over many years, “particularly local youth and adult community sport in the Kilsyth area, community involvement, as well as the support of local Veterans’ groups and individuals.
In December 2015, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Victoria awarded Vice Chairman Michael Fidler a Certificate of Appreciation for his service to Veterans through the RSL, Dunlop Foundation, and as a member of the Story Writing and Art Competition committee.
Our senior and longest standing Board member, Fred Cullen, was recognised with a special award by Melbourne Legacy for over 50 years of collecting for the Legacy Fundraising Appeal.
In October 2015, the “significant voluntary services to the local community” of Secretary Ray Gill were recognised with the awarding of the Caroline Chisholm Award 2015 by Anna Burke MP, Federal Member for Chisholm.
Our congratulations to all – well done!