The Order of Australia recognises outstanding contributions that benefit our community, and ultimately our country.
Several other Canberrans were also celebrated for their contributions to public education: former Principal Narelle Hargreaves for service to children, young people and education; Glenys Patulny for services to the Tuggeranong community; Kaye Price for services to education particularly through Indigenous teaching initiatives; Mandy Curtis from Lyons Early Childhood School was recognised for her charity work; and, Glynis Steward from Evatt Primary was acknowledged for her leadership in teaching.
Vivienne, who has been a Council Executive member since 2008, was recognised for her service to education. Her contributions have been extensive in representing the needs and views of public school parents in many varied committees and working groups, advocating for refugee families and students with disability, and highlighting the importance of sustainable and safe schools.
“Thanks to all the parents and educators who have worked with me to make a difference to our children’s education,” Viv said. “The award is an acknowledgment of our team effort.”
This article appeared in ParentACTion Magazine, Term 1, 2019.