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Meals, Malawi, medicine and mentoring earn Queen's Birthday honours for Anglicans

Victorian Anglicans have been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

Victorian Anglicans are among those recognised in the Queen's Birthday honours list.

By Mark Brolly and Hattie Williams

June 14 2016The director of a community meals program at Christ Church Geelong, the founder of a Mothers’ Union project at St Paul’s Canterbury assisting women in Malawi and a bayside parishioner who has had a distinguished career in child and adolescent health are among local Anglicans – many of them involved in church schools – to have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Mrs Janice McGowan of East Geelong was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the community through social welfare organisations. A member of the Christ Church Parish Council and Sunday school superintendent for 25 years until 2008, Mrs McGowan has been Coordinator of Christ Church’s Community Meals Program since 2007 and its Director for the past four years.

Christ Church’s meals program, which has run for 26 years, serves more than 20,000 meals annually, including a cooked breakfast 365 days a year and an evening meal every Monday and Wednesday. For some who use the service – ranging from families, street kids and other homeless people, school children, the lonely, recently released prisoners and stranded travellers – their meal at Christ Church may be their only meal of the day.

About 350 people a year, including pensioners and health care card-holders, also use Christ Church’s emergency food relief.

Mrs Jenifer McKenzie – the founder of the Malawi 2 Melbourne Project, a Mothers’ Union venture that raised more than $6000 to bring two women from the African nation to learn sewing, embroidery and the drafting of patterns to help women in their village gain financial independence – also was awarded an OAM for service to the multicultural and international communities through a range of organisations.

Mrs McKenzie was President of the Caritas Women's Group at St Paul's Canterbury from 2011-14. She also served for 15 years as Chair of the Local Committee of the Girls' Friendly Society (now GFS Australia) until 1985 and was a member of Diocesan Committee Leader Training from 1980-85.

A parishioner of the Anglican Parish of the Parks St Silas and St Anselm (Albert Park and Middle Park) and board member of Anglicare Victoria, Professor Glenn Bowes, was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to medical education and its administration, to the advancement of child health and welfare, and through contributions to government and professional organisations.

Professor Bowes has been Senior Associate Dean (Engagement) and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at Melbourne University since 2007, was Stevenson Chair in Paediatrics at the university and Royal Children’s Hospital from 2002-07, recipient of the RCH Gold Medal two years ago, inaugural Director of the Centre for Adolescent Health at RCH for the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation from 2003-06 and held senior roles at the Women’s and Children’s Health Service from 1997-2002, among many roles.

Apart from his role with Anglicare Victoria, his community service has included roles as President and Camp Chief of the Lord Somers Camp and Power House, and directorships of Very Special Kids, where he is a Life Governor, and the Cystic Fibrosis Association Victoria.

Two community leaders associated with Melbourne Grammar School, Dr Vincent Fitzgerald and Mr Bruce Parncutt, were appointed AOs.

Dr Fitzgerald, a Councillor at Melbourne Grammar from 1996-2008, received his AO for distinguished service to business through executive and advisory roles in economic policy development, public administration, and financial management organisations, and to the community, while Mr Parncutt, who has provided philanthropic support to the school, was appointed an AO for distinguished service to the community as a philanthropist, particularly in the arts and education sectors, as an advocate and supporter of charitable causes, and to business and commerce.

Another two recipients associated with Anglican schools were appointed Members of the Order of Australia (AM).

Mr Geoffrey Ryan was recognised for significant service to secondary education, particularly to the independent schools sector, and to professional organisations. He was Principal of the non-denominational Westbourne Grammar School at Williamstown and Truganina from 1990-2010 after serving as Deputy Headmaster and Head of Senior School at St Michael's Grammar School in St Kilda, established by the Anglican Community of the Sisters of the Church in 1895), from 1983-89. He has been a board member of Mentone Grammar School, an independent, Anglican co-educational school, since 2011.

Dr Deborah Seifert received her AO for significant service to education through a range of teaching, consultative and administrative roles, and to the community. She was Principal of Fintona Girls' School, an independent, non-denominational school in Balwyn, from 1992-2000 after serving as Deputy Principal of Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School in Essendon from 1989-1991.

Other Victorian Anglicans, or those with connections to Anglican institutions, to be awarded OAMs were Mr David Ashton-Smith, Head of Music at the Plenty Campus of Ivanhoe Grammar School from 2000-05 and a music teacher at Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School from 1983-90, for service to the performing arts, and to secondary education; Mr Allen Hampton, a member of the Anglican Parish of Northern Albury in the Wangaratta diocese from 2006-14, for service to the community of Thurgoona;

Mr Linden Hearn, who was inducted into the Gallery of Achievement at Trinity Grammar School in Kew in 2008, for service to education, particularly for children with learning difficulties; Mrs Susan Henry, for service to the community of Warrnambool, as Chair of Anglicare Warrnambool and through her involvement with the Anglican Parish of Warrnambool and the Anglican Women’s Guild there and in the Ballarat diocese; Mr Allan Lorraine, whose long involvement with St David’s Moorabbin has included writing the parish history in 2001, for service to the community, particularly to aged care; and Mrs Patricia Ritter, who taught German at Camberwell Girls Grammar School for 18 years, for service to German language education.

*The UK Honours List included a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to the Church of England for former chief of staff and strategy at Lambeth Palace, Ms Kay Brock. Ms Brock, who retired this year, was appointed by the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord (Rowan) Williams, in 2012. She was previously chief of staff to six Lord Mayors of London and assistant private secretary to the Queen.

The former Bishop of Leicester, the Rt Revd Timothy Stevens, also was awarded a CBE for services to the Church and to the community in Leicester. Bishop Stevens, who served 16 years as Bishop of Leicester, was Convener of the Lords Spiritual in the upper house at Westminster from 2009-15.

Philosopher and author Professor Roger Scruton was appointed Knight Bachelor for services to philosophy teaching and public education. In his 2012 book Our Church: A personal history of the Church of England, Professor Scruton argued that the Anglican Church remained at the heart of English culture and identity, and of European civilisation.

The Vicar of St Gabriel’s Huyton, near Liverpool, the Revd Canon Malcolm Rogers, was awarded his Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to “community cohesion” in Knowsley, Merseyside. Canon Rogers became a campaigner against hate-crime after a young, black member of his church, Anthony Walker, was murdered in a racist attack in 2005.    [with Church Times]