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Queensland Uniting members included in Australia Day 2007 honours list

A number of Uniting Church members were among the 577 recipients in the 2007 Australia Day Honours list announced today by the Governor-General and Chancellor of the Order of Australia Major General Michael Jeffery  .

Awards in the honours system represent the highest level of recognition for attainment of outstanding achievement and service in the Australian community.

Among the Queensland recipients of the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) were:

Mrs Betty Born of Robina for service to people with intellectual disabilities through the Uniting Church’s Crossroads program, and to the community. As the wife of a Minister of the Uniting Church in Australia Rev Dr Lewis Born, Mrs Born has supported and assisted many people, both within the church congregation and the wider community, for over 50 years.

Mrs Laurel Asimus of Buderim for service to the community of the Maroochy Shire through church, service, welfare and aged care groups. A Uniting Church elder for 25 years Mrs Asimus has also been a volunteer Telephone Counsellor with Lifeline Sunshine Coast and Lifeline Board Member for 8 years.

Mrs Edna Wright of Yungaburra for service to the community of the Atherton Tablelands through a range of musical, performing arts and church organisations. Mrs Wright is a former elder and organist at Atherton Uniting Church.

Chairman of the Council of the Order Sir James Gobbo said, “All Australians are encouraged to nominate their fellow citizens who have made outstanding contributions to the well-being of others and who they think are deserving of national recognition in the Honours List.”