Our Community Founders win Centenary of Federation Medals
April 22, 2003
THE three people responsible for the creation of ourcommunity.com.au,
an online resource for Australia's 700,000 community and non-profit
groups have all been recognised with Centenary of Foundation Medals.
The medals were awarded to those living people considered to have made
a contribution to Australian society or Government.
The three Our Community founders to receive medals were:
- Chief Executive Officer Rhonda
Galbally AO who was recognised for service to the community.
Rhonda has been involved with community organisations for more than 30
years She has also served as founding CEO of the Victorian Health
Promotion Foundation (VicHealth), founding CEO of the Commission for
the Future, founding CEO of the Australian International Health
Institute, Executive Director of the Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer
Fund and Chair of the Australian Association of Philanthropy (now
Philanthropy Australia). Rhonda was previously awarded an Order of
Australia in 1991 for her contribution to community.
- Chairman Carol Schwartz
who was recognised for outstanding service as a leading business
executive and committee participant. Carol is General Manager of the
Sussan Property Group and a director of the Docklands Authority, The
Sussan Corporation and Heat Group. Carol previously served as National
President of the Property Council of Australia, Chairman of the Old
Treasury Museum and as a member of the Federal Government's New Tax
System Advisory Board. She is a council member of the National Gallery
- Chief Operating Officer and
co-founder Denis Moriarty who was recognised for his work in
establishing Our Community and developing public liability cover for
not-for-profit organisations. A former deputy CEO of Tourism Victoria
and director of management consultancy firm Strategic Australia, Denis
is a graduate of the Vincent Fairfax Ethics in Leadership Awards and a
graduate of the Williamson Community Leadership program. Denis worked
closely with the Municipal Association of Victoria, insurance broker
Jardine Lloyd Thomson of the Community Groups Insurance Scheme for
non-profit groups in Victoria and Tasmania.
website features free and low-cost newsletters, resources and help
sheets to assist groups with fundraising, leadership, management
expertise, risk management and insurance and a free online donations
service for community groups.
Our Community CEO Rhonda Galbally said it was a wonderful honour to
receive the medals and the award was recognition of Our Community as an
initiative that had provided community groups with valuable and
practical support to help them continue their work.
"What is more important is the response we have had from community
groups, particularly smaller community organisations that have found
our website and our newsletters helpful in finding funding or running
their groups," Ms Galbally said.
"Community groups need support and a voice. We have a great community
sector in Australia but it needs help, support - and most importantly -