One of the key objectives of Victoria State Chair, Paul Wheelton AM was to have a 'signature event' created for the Victoria State Branch. From this the Inspiring Australians Oration was established.
The Inaugural Oration was held on Friday 24 February 2017 at the Deakin Edge, Federation Square in Melbourne with Her Excellency Linda Dessau AC Governor of Victoria invited to present the Oration.
Her Excellency spoke of the many people in her life that had inspired her, whether at school, University, the sporting arena, the Military or within the community.
The Governor concluded with the following: .... “I hope this wonderful initiative of the Victorian Branch of the Order of Australia Association is repeated next year and each year thereafter. I have had to discipline myself to stop here because there is no end to the inspiring Australians to whom I would dearly like to refer........
And I say this is a wonderful initiative because it gives us all the opportunity to be inspired. We are all the better for the inspiring deeds of others. We are all enriched. A high tide truly does lift all the boats.”
A copy of the Inaugural Oration can be found through the following: 2017 Oration
Dr Susan Alberti AC has been invited to present the 2018 Inspiring Australians. This is to be held at the Deakin Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne on Friday 23rd February 2018 commencing at 11:00am.
Susan Alberti AC is one of Australia’s pre-eminent philanthropists, having donated millions of dollars to medical research and other charitable causes over her successful business career.
Susan Alberti was a finalist in the Australian of the Year Award in 1997 and again in 2009. In 1997 she received an AM (Member of the Order of Australia) for her contributions towards the cause of diabetes research. Susan was awarded an AO (Officer of the Order of Australia) on January 2007.
On Australia Day 2016, Susan was awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) Award in recognition of her eminent service to the community, particularly through philanthropic and fundraising support for a range of medical research, education and to young women as a role model and mentor.