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Twelve men and four women have been honoured this Australia Day for their service to the community through philanthropic endeavours.  

Among them are Paul Wheelton, long-time supporter of Generosity magazine and member of the Generosity Editorial Advisory Board.

An avid champion of giving, Paul urges fellow philanthropists to talk about their support and what it is helping to achieve.

“This does not have to be about the big donations, it is about the little ones as well,” Paul told Generosity last year.

“The key is communicating what is being done so that it encourages others to join the philanthropic path.”

Congratulations to the 2017 Australia Day honourees and hats off to all the people in our sector whose efforts may not have been recognised today, but who are giving selflessly of their time, treasure and talent to make Australia, and the world, a better place.

 

OFFICER (AO) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA

William BOWNESS, Vic

For distinguished service to the visual and performing arts through philanthropic contributions, fundraising and advisory roles, and to the building and construction industry.

Andrew FORREST, WA

For distinguished service to the mining sector, to the development of employment and business opportunities, as a supporter of sustainable foreign investment, and to philanthropy.

John LAIDLAW OAM, Vic

For distinguished service to the community through philanthropic endeavours with a range of health, social welfare and disability support organisations.

David McKEE, SA

For distinguished service to the community through philanthropic, administrative and voluntary service with social welfare and arts organisations in South Australia.

Isaac WAKIL, NSW

For distinguished service to the community through a range of philanthropic endeavours, and as a supporter of charitable, education and cultural organisations.

Susan WAKIL, NSW

For distinguished service to the community through a range of philanthropic endeavours, and as a supporter of charitable, education and cultural organisations.

Brian WATSON, Vic

For distinguished service to business and finance through leadership roles in the investment and venture capital sectors, as a philanthropist, and as a supporter of social welfare and medical research organisations.

 

MEMBER (AM) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA

Kevin BAILEY, Vic

For significant service to Australia-Timor Leste relations, to philanthropic organisations, to the financial planning sector, and to the community.

Melanie COOPER, SA

For significant service to the community through philanthropic support for, and leadership roles with, charitable foundations, and to business.

Peter CROSSING, NSW

For significant service to the community through philanthropic support for, and leadership positions with, major cultural institutions, and to business.

Mitchel MARTIN-WEBER, NSW

For significant service to the not-for-profit sector through philanthropic support for a range of organisations, and to business and training.

Christopher THORN, Vic

For significant service to the not-for-profit sector through advisory roles on philanthropic strategic planning, and to the community.

Paul WHEELTON OAM, Vic

For significant service to a range of charitable organisations in Victoria through governance, fundraising and philanthropic contributions.

 

MEDAL (OAM) OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA IN THE GENERAL DIVISION

Vedran DRAKULIC, Vic

For service to the community through a range of charitable organisations.

Mary PEDEN, Qld

For service to botanical organisations, and to philanthropy.

Janette SUNDELL, NSW

For service to the performing arts, and to philanthropy.

 

See the full Australia Day 2017 Honours List here.

 

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