A close-up of a Queen's Birthday medal

Victoria University is proud to share the news that the hard work and dedication of several alumni, friends, supporters and staff members, has been recognised in the Queen's Birthday 2022 Honours List.

The University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Adam Shoemaker, congratulated the recipients, who reflect the University’s commitment to making a difference in the communities served.

“It is inspiring to see the VU community’s deep impact across the Australian community - and in many important fields. Each recipient has made significant contributions, and recognition at this level is a testament to the breadth of their initiative and generosity,” said Professor Shoemaker.

In particular, the Vice-Chancellor congratulates Ms Nyadol Nyuon and Professor Kathy Laster, the current and past directors of VU’s Sir Zelman Cowen Centre (SZCC). Both women have made outstanding contributions to new Australians and multiculturalism as first-generation Australians themselves. You can read more about their achievements here.

Congratulations also go to the following individuals for receiving Queen’s Birthday Honours List recognition:

  • Dr Deidre Karen Anderson AM, Bachelor of Arts (Recreation) (1989) - Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to tertiary education, and to sports administration 
  • Mr Glenn John Aslin ASM, Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic) (1999) - Ambulance Service Medal (ASM) for significant service as a meritorious employee to Ambulance Tasmania, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Mr Philip Brass AO - Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to business, to youth leadership and charitable organisations, and for philanthropic contributions 
  • Emeritus Professor Brenda Cherednichenko AM - Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to tertiary education, and to first nations peoples 
  • Dr Suzanne Hazel Dean OAM - Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to clinical psychology, and to community mental health 
  • Professor Kathy Laster AM - Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to the law, and to legal advisory roles 
  • Ms Caroline Lee OAM, Diploma of Creative Industries (2015) - Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the performing arts 
  • Inspector Andrew Markakis APM, Graduate Certificate in Management (2012) - Australian Police Medal (APM) for serving the community as an exemplary police officer for over 21 years, including as President of the Victorian Hellenic Police Association and the Victoria Police CALD Council
  • The Honourable Stephen Paul Martin AO - Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to the people and Parliament of Australia, to charitable organisations, and to regional sport and education 
  • Mr John Noble ASM, Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic) (2001) - Ambulance Service Medal (ASM) for significant service and commitment to the ambulance service, its employees, volunteers, patients and regional communities across South Australia
  • Ms Nyadol Nyuon OAM, Bachelor of Arts (2010) - Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to human rights and refugee women 
  • Ms Jelena Popovic AM - Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to the judiciary, and to the law 
  • Ms Shillar Sibanda OAM, Bachelor of Business (Accounting) (2001) - Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the African community of Victoria 
  • Mr David Julian Stockman PSM, Master of Communications (2017) - Public Service Medal (PSM) for outstanding public service in the delivery of communications in Victoria, particularly for the COVID-19 response 
  • Mr James Taafe OAM, Diploma of Business Studies (1980) - Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to swimming, and to tenpin bowling.

The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd), Governor-General of Australia said that this year’s recipients were diverse and unique, but the characteristics they shared include selflessness, commitment and dedication.

VU's Dr Ross Coller, Executive Director, Engagement & Advancement said it was “wonderful to see that the work of our alumni, colleagues past and present, and partners to make the world a better place is recognised publicly and valued by the wider community.”

View the full list of recipients on the Queen's Birthday 2022 Honours List.

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