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Honours awarded to Uniting Church friends

Former Moderator of the Queensland Synod, Dr John Frank Roulston has been awarded a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia announced today by the Governor-General, Major General Michael Jeffery.

Dr Roulston was Moderator in 1990 and 1991 and has been awarded for his service to education, particularly through administrative and teaching roles in the independent schools sector, to the development of schools-based drug prevention programs and contributions to professional organisations.

Currently the Executive Director for Independent Schools Queensland, Dr Roulston was Director of the Synod’s Department for Education and Communication from 1984 to 1995.

On 1 June, Queensland Premier Anna Bligh named a Journey contributor as Suncorp Young Queenslander of the Year.

Young Muslim woman Homa Forotan who arrived in Queensland as a refugee from Afghanistan in 2005 wrote for the Back Page of the May issue of Journey.

Despite the limited education she received in Afghanistan, Ms Forotan achieved remarkable academic results at Yeronga State High School receiving an OP1.

Ms Forotan speaks at schools around Queensland to encourage tolerance and acceptance, and tutors refugee students.

Now 21, she is currently studying a Bachelor of Biotechnology at the University of Queensland.

Another 2008 Young Queenslander of the Year finalist Samantha Jockel was also a recent Journey Back Page writer (March 2008).

Ms Jockel is creator of ‘Biddy Bags’, an inter-generational social enterprise that fuses craft, business and community to produce one-off hand made products.

The Biddy Bags story was featured in the April issue of Journey which told how Ms Jockel connects crafting seniors with the fashion industry through the production of hand-knitted bags.

Printed on the inside pocket of every unique Biddy Bag is the story of its maker – connecting the purchaser with the creator.