Victorian Magistrate Mr John Doherty will be awarded an honorary degree by Victoria University on Thursday 4 June 2009.
He will be admitted to the degree of Doctor of the University honoris causa, in recognition of his efforts to engender a spirit of connectedness through sport, the arts and education, and for providing means and incentive for disadvantaged youth to put order back into their lives.
Mr Doherty has been a Victorian Magistrate for almost 20 years. For six years, he was the Magistrate in charge of the western suburbs based at Sunshine. During this time, he was responsible for many new initiatives designed to assist young offenders to start afresh and avoid a potentially life-long involvement with the judicial system.
Acknowledging the transformative potential of education, John has been particularly keen to encourage young offenders to return to education.
Through this work John has been acknowledged as a leading advocate of diversionary justice in Australia. He believes that courts, working in partnership with community organisations, can help promote a sense of support and empowerment within the community.
As a living demonstration of this philosophy, John Doherty established the Visy Cares Hub in Sunshine, which offers various support services for young people in Melbourne's west, such as housing, employment, legal and health services.
After receiving his honorary degree, Mr Doherty will give the Occasional Address to graduating students.
Where: Members Stand at Flemington Racecourse, Epsom Road, Flemington
When: Thursday 4 June 2009.
Time: Ceremony starts at 3.00 pm.
Media will be allowed to enter the auditorium at 2.45pm to set up.
Photos of Mr John Doherty are available on request after ceremony.
Andy Gash, A/Media Manager
Marketing and Communications Department, Victoria University
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