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Message from the Branch Chair

I am delighted and honoured to have been elected as the Chair of the ACT Branch of Order of Australia Association for 2014. I would like to thank most sincerely outgoing Chair, Derek Robson AM for his commitment and hard work in this role, especially as the 2013 National Conference was held during his tenure.  As an active participant in this event,  I can corroborate all statements that this conference was a huge and unqualified success.

To introduce myself to members, I was born in New Zealand and was a teacher and principal in ACT Schools from 1974 to my retirement in 2013.

An OAA activity that is dear to me is the annual Student Awards where The Order of Australia Association invites nominations from ACT students, schools and colleges for some very special awards.  The Association, which seeks to foster love and pride in active citizenship, particularly in the younger members of the community, uses the awards to publicly recognise voluntary community service and demonstrated good citizenship. The awards are endorsed by and enjoy the support of ACT school authorities, both government and non government.  The 2010 Australia Day address given by our Patron General Peter Gration, AC, OBE “Citizenship; What Do we really mean?” addresses the principles of citizenship we encourage and I commend you to read this on our website.  In my ‘retired’ state I will have more time to work with fellow committee member Ray Newcombe OAM with the Student Citizenship.

My other interests include involvement at the National Arboretum Canberra.  As I watched the National Arboretum take shape, I became a Foundation member of the Friends Council, of which I am currently the Deputy Chair, a Trustee, and a Trained Guide.  I commend the Friends of the National Arboretum’s website to you (www.arboretumcanberra.org.au). Every student at Giralang Primary School became a Friend of the National Arboretum and remains so.

While Principal at Giralang Primary School I was an active and passionate member of the Dare to Lead project which provided support for principals endeavouring to improve learning outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, and improving the curriculum across all schools about traditional and contemporary Aboriginal history and culture.

I am the new School Board Chair of the ACT Youth Justice Facility – Bimberi Murrumbidgee Education and Training Centre and also Deputy President of the Friends of Opera, so ‘retirement’ is keeping me well and truly occupied with the community.

I look forward to working with the 2014 committee and together we will provide a variety of activities in which the local members can become involved.  To enhance our association, members are encouraged to contact me with any ideas and suggestions they may have.

We encourage members to keep our Secretary, Bruce Trewartha OAM, informed of current contact details so you can be kept up-to-date with Branch information.

Trish Keller OAM

 

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OAA - ANU ORATION - 2013

Nobel Laureate Prof Brian Schmidt AC

Oration Text - “The Future of the ANU and its Role in Canberra”

Article The Australian

ANU YouTube OAA ANU Oration

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OAA / ADF ORATION - 2013

Attached is a transcript of the text of the OAA / ADF Oration 2012 by MAJGEN 'GUS" GILMORE AO, DSC

Introduction - MAJGEN Gus Gilmore AO, DSC

ADF Oration - 2013

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2013 NATIONAL CONFERENCE

OUTCOMES

The outcomes and proceedings of the 2013 National Conference held in Canberra are available at the following link:

2013 National Conference Outcomes & Proceedings

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Chairman's Report 2010 - 2011:  Here

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OAA / ADF ORATION - 2012

Attached is a transcript of the text of the OAA / ADF Oration 2012 by RADM Robyn Walker AM

Oration Text

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Attached are the lecture notes from the second OAA-ANU Lecture - “What’s the Matter with Parliament?”  delivered by Emeritus Professor John Warhurst AO on Monday 31st October at University House.

What's the Matter with Parliament

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Attached are the order of proceedings and Bishop George Browning’s address, “Creation Reflects The Glory of God” from the Multi Faith Observance held on Sunday 21 August 2011 at the Anzac Chapel Duntroon.

Order of proceedings

Bishop George Browning's Address

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The address by Dr Allan Hawke AC, delivered at the new Members Reception on 18 May 2011 and titled “Looking Back in Retrospect”, is attached

HERE

 

The Chief of Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston AC AFC delivered the first OAA-ADF Oration on 19 April 2011.

A copy of the Presentation is Here

A selection of photographs from this activity is available on the Newsletter page - link on the right.

THE “ORDER OF AUSTRALIA - AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY SERIES”

In order to broaden the scope of events and functions offered to our ACT Association members - the Branch proudly reports the successful introduction of the “OAA-ANU Lecture Series” with ANU Vice Chancellor and President, Prof Ian Chubb AC delivering the inaugural Lecture on Tuesday 19 October 2010. A copy of the Presentation is Here

ACT STUDENT AWARDS 2011 - Details available at Link on the Right

ACT Branch Chairman's Report 2010 - Here

Australia Day Breakfast address - 2014
“WHAT THE OFFICIAL SECRETARY SAW...SOME PERSONAL REFLECTIONS”- Mr Malcolm Hazell CVO AM

Australia Day Breakfast Address - 2013
CANBERRA-THE CULTURAL CAPITAL – Mr John Hindmarsh AM

Australia Day Breakfast Address - 2011. 
AUSTRALIA CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES MAJGEN M JEFFERY AC, AO(mil) CV), MC (Rtd)

Australia Day Breakfast Address - 2010. 
ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP - General Peter Gration AC, OBE

Australia Day Breakfast Address - 2009
Mr Chris Peters AM, OI

Australia Day Breakfast Address - 2008
Chief Justice Terence Higgins, ACT Supreme Court

 

 

 
 
 
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