I have always felt very privileged to do the work that I do. To be surrounded by highly talented and passionate people and through their dedicated work to be making the world a better place for others.
Today, I am reflecting on this because I am honoured to be awarded an Order of Australia Medal. I know that I have worked hard and that in part is the reason for the award. In reality, it is much more than that. It is recognition for the thousands of people who have selflessly worked alongside me to make a difference to the lives of others. That includes the volunteer members of boards, the thousands of community-based volunteers, those who were staff in organisations I have worked and last but certainly not least my own family members always ready to lend a hand and wholeheartedly supported everything I have tried to do.
I say serendipity can be a rewarding pathway because it opens opportunities that perhaps you may not have been contemplating. You meet people, you go to places, you try to do things and along the way those people, places or things open opportunities. It is taking a chance on those opportunities that can ignite the desire and fuel the passion to drive the change you want to make.
So, today on the release of the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, I celebrate those who have made this award possible. I will wear it proudly because it is recognition of your efforts and dedication.
Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
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