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Dr Nouria Salehi OAM

2012 Victorian Senior Australian of the Year
Victoria

2012 Victorian Senior Australian of the Year Dr Nouria Salehi is a highly respected nuclear physicist and biophysicist, whose vital medical research including the use of radioactive isotopes to detect and treat various forms of cancer, benefits many Australians. Born...

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Greg Sassella

Emergency Services, Former CEO of Ambulance Victoria, Professorial Fellow in Leadership, Clinical Practice and Quality and Trauma Epidemiology
Victoria

Greg became the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Ambulance Victoria after serving as an Intensive Care Paramedic in the ambulance rescue helicopter. As CEO for over 12 years a number of significant strategic changes were introduced into the ambulance...

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Pete Smith OAM

Media Personality
Victoria

Born in Melbourne, Pete Smith was educated at Wesley College and on leaving school joined the Australian Broadcasting Commission. He was with the ABC for eight years, initially as a messenger boy, before graduating to announcing on both the home service...

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Duncan Stalker OAM

Education and Community Service
Victoria

Duncan Stalker was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 1998 and The Australian Centenary Medal in 2001 for his services to Australian education and community service. Duncan was Principal of Brauer College,Warrnambool,for 23 years,from 1978 to 2001,...

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Sue Stanley

Athlete, Author, Health and Wellbeing
Victoria

Sue Stanley began stealing gold medals on the international stage, early in 1993. Sue’s successive wins of the World Cup Aerobic Championship in Japan made her the only woman in the history of the sport to ever successfully defend a World Title. Sue’s...

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Mark Stone AM

CEO
Victoria

Mark Stone AM is the Chief Executive of the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Victoria’s most influential business organisation. Mark was awarded an Order of Australia (AM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours (2016). Mark is a Director on the...

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Tonia Todman

Australian television personality, Author
Victoria

Tonia's family extends from Europe to far-west country Queensland, to Papua New Guinea, where she was brought up.  She has an extensive and rich background in magazine journalism and has written some 28 DIY books, with more on the way, including her...

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Phyllis Skinner OAM

Dancer, actress & comedienne
South Australia

Known as the First Lady of the Variety Stage in SA, Phyl has entertained audiences as a dancer, actress and comedienne for a number of decades.  She has entertained diggers in theatres of war and stooged for such greats as “Mo” (Roy Renes), George...

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John Shepherd AM

Executive Director, Operation Flinders
South Australia

John spent twenty-five years within major branches of the S.A. Police Department. Currently Executive Director of the Operation Flinders Foundation, which runs a world leading wilderness adventure program for young offenders and young people at risk. He...

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Chris Schacht

President of Volleyball Australia and former Senator
South Australia

Chris began his political career in 1969. In 1987 he entered Federal Parliament as a Senator for South Australia. During his career he held a number of portfolios including Science, Small Business and Customs.  He left parliament in June 2002 after 15...

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Des Ryan

e-Journalist and writer
South Australia

In 1971 Des joined Radio 3AW in Melbourne as a Cadet Journalist. He twice moved between 3AW and 5DN in Adelaide, becoming News Director at 5DN at the age of 24 in 1976. He joined Messenger Newspapers in 1980 and became the Editor-in-Chief in 1985, a position...

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Dr Rob Morrison OAM

Scientist and former host of the Curiosity Show
South Australia

Rob is a regular columnist for Chemistry in Australia and prepares segments for Ockham’s Razor and the Science Show on ABC Radio National.  He has written 31 books and co-written 13 others on science and natural history. Helped establish SciWorld,...

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Bruce Mellett

Former Breakfast Host & Regional Manager for ABC Radio, Riverland
South Australia

Bruce has spent more than 30 years in the media, cutting his journalistic teeth in newspapers with a short stint in TV and then onto Radio. Like many new arrivals to the Riverland, he anticipated spending a year or two when he arrived as the Regional...

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David Malinda

Agricultural Scientist & Educator
South Australia

David was born and educated in Kenya.   He obtained a scholarship to study in the former Soviet Union acquiring his Bachelor of Agricultural Engineering Degree in 1969. He moved to Australia to do his post graduate degrees in 1979. David progressed...

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Bruce Macky

Yachtsman, former CGM of State Bank of SA and former Chief Commissioner of Scouts SA
South Australia

Born in New Zealand but now a converted Aussie.  Currently part-owns Dymocks Bookstore in Adelaide City. Apart from his high-profile positions, Bruce has been a member of Toastmasters and currently volunteers for Operation Flinders.  He has sailed in...

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Barry Lewis

Police Superintendent and SANFL Umpire
South Australia

 Barry has spent 52 years in the South Australia Police and currently holds the rank of Superintendent within the Commissioner’s Support Branch. He has been OIC of a number of Police Divisions, awarded a number of national Police medals and received...

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Prof Peter Langridge

Agricultural Scientist specialising in plant molecular biology and the science of plant breeding
South Australia

Peter was born in Adelaide and brought up in Canberra where he studied at the Australian National University.  When he graduated he worked in Germany at the University of Freiburg.  In 1984 he moved to the University of Adelaide where he has remained...

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Neil Kerley AM

AFL player, Coach & Sporting Personality
South Australia

Also known as “Knuckles” and “King Kerley”, Neil is one of the legends of South Australian football. Commencing as captain-coach with a new team at Koolymilka, Neil went on to play 276 senior games in the SANFL.  Despite a fearsome array of injuries...

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Dr Deane Hutton

Futurist and science show presenter
South Australia

Deane is a FUTURIST who has worked professionally as a teacher, lecturer, writer, television presenter, film producer and entertainer in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. He gives keynote presentations at more than 60 venues each year (business conferences,...

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Lynn Hill

Founder of Dragon Boat Racing for survivors of breast cancer
South Australia

Lynn grew up in Adelaide, owned her own business and was a keen volunteer with schools and charities. She was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2000 and from then her journey began into promoting cancer awareness. Lynn has been involved with dragon boat...

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