Locals Selected For Order Of Australia Medal

The Medal of the Order of Australia has been announced for two residents of Busselton in the Australia Day Honours.

The news article “Local Order of Australia Medal honours” has full details on this story. It says, “Busselton identity and historian Rob Breeden, who passed away in March last year, was one of the recipients, as was Anthony Wheeler for his contributions to aged care, health and church organisations.” http://www.busseltonmail.com.au/story/1268497/local-order-of-australia-medal-honours/?cs=1813

Rob was honoured for his contribution to Busselton community, environment and conservation.

Rob’s family said that he knew the submission was made for the honour in early 2012, but there was no confirmation until before Christmas.

Rob’s widow, Crystal, said that he was delighted just to have had himself selected for the honour.

“Once he passed away we didn’t think it would get approved, we were told that they don’t really give them to people once they are deceased,” said Crystal.

Out of 379 recipients, Rob was amongst the11 deceased persons listed.

Speaking about Rob, his son Alan said, “He was very community minded,” adding, “Other people in town started to get recognition for things, and I thought, he’s done as much, if not more.”

Anthony Wheeler, Busselton’s second Order of Australia recipient, was completely taken by surprise by his nomination for the honour.

“It was totally unexpected,” Anthony said, adding, “After I found out, I was just walking around in a daze.”

After working at Westpac for 41 years, eventually being promoted to the position of state lending manager, Anthony found it difficult to hold himself back after his retirement 10 years ago.

“I didn’t want to sit on a beach and read the paper, or play golf,” he said, adding, “I wanted to be active and have challenges.”

Anthony’s passion to help others brought him to the not-for-profit sector.

At that time, he had been serving as a board member at the Mercedes College for some years, and accepted Mercy Care’s invitation to join their board.

Anthony’s hard work allowed him to be selected for the board of the Catholic Health Australia, eventually becoming its chairperson.

Deeply humbled by the award, Anthony said he was just happy to have had the opportunity to do something that he enjoyed very much.

“It has been hard work, but I’ve gained an enormous amount of satisfaction from it,” he said.

The medals will be presented during a ceremony at Government House in Perth in April or May 2013.

For more information on the Order of Australia medal, check out the website

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