Education employees honoured

Four current education employees are recognised in the recent Queen's Birthday Honours List.

Receiving a Member of the Order of Australia (AM), Ruth Simms was recognised for her service to education as an Aboriginal education officer.

In particular:

  • supporting children and their families
  • contributing to state curriculum planning
  • representing the Indigenous community at local and international forums.

Regional director, Sydney region, Dr Phil Lambert received a Public Service Medal (PSM) for outstanding public service to education in New South Wales.

"I have to say I was both shocked and thrilled when I was informed that my name would be announced in the Queen's Birthday Honours," Dr Lambert said.

"I consider that I am rewarded each day through the various quality people I interact with in public education. I am not usually stuck for words but to be honest, receiving the PSM has left me quite speechless!"

Brett Austine and Owen Rushton received Medal of the Order of Australia (OAMs).

Mr Austine, Belmont High School PDHPE teacher received an OAM for the service to the sport of gymnastics, as a competitor, coach and judge. Mr Austine will be a judge at the forthcoming London Olympics 2012.

Bowraville Central School assistant principal, Owen Rushton received an OAM for service to the community of Nambucca, particularly through Marine Rescue New South Wales.

Mr Rushton said he was proud, shocked and embarrassed to receive on OAM.

"Proud as this was recognition for all the organisations I work with," Mr Rushton said.

"Shocked as these awards go to people who work hard in their individual areas of expertise.

"Embarrassed because there are a lot of volunteers who work hard in their communities that will never be recognised.

"I am honoured to receive this award but really this is recognition for all the people who give their spare time to the community to make it a little better."

Eight past employees were also recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

Receiving an AM were:

  • Dr Jeanette Dixon
  • Dianne Giblin.

Receiving a PSM were:

  • Jane Cavanagh
  • Kathleen Compton.

Receiving an OAM were:

  • Clifford Cowdroy
  • Arthur Holmes
  • Barbara Murphy
  • Barbara Timmins.

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