South Australia

Our Patron

His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC – Governor of South Australia
Immediate Past Patron of the Order of Australia Association, South Australia Branch

The SA Branch has been very privileged to have had the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC as our Patron for the last seven years. As the 35th Governor of South Australia, His Excellency was patron of more than 200 organisations. Both His Excellency and Mrs Le made an immense contribution to the work of the Association in their Vice-Regal capacities. Their support for the Student Citizenship Awards – our flagship endeavour – has been a wonderful driver in engaging with the Education sector and some really fine students as they move into young adulthood and their careers.

A most significant event at which we enjoyed their support was the National Conference of the Order of Australia Association in 2018. Their presence and participation at the Annual Dinner and presentations will remain as a highlight of a wonderful relationship. The Branch Committee members, and indeed all South Australian members, enjoyed and delighted in having met with His Excellency and Mrs Le, and the relaxed manner in which they both mixed with those present.

As our SA Branch Patron, His Excellency was closely involved with three branch chairmen, namely Professor John McKellar AM ED, Ken Coventry OAM JP and Tony Metcalf OAM. From the current SA Branch Chair, Mr Tony Metcalf OAM: “John, Ken and Di, and Cheryl and I, personally have great memories and have appreciated both their professional approach and friendship. We, along with the many recipients, students, SA Branch members and our Committee, pass on our sincere thanks for the role you both played while we were Chairmen, and we extend best wishes to both of you as you step back from this role”. 


Form left to right –
Mrs Lan Le, Mrs Pamela Rajkowski OAM, Mr Brian Holecek OAM, Mr Paul Rosenzweig OAM JP, and Professor John McKellar AM ED (National Director and Branch Honorary Treasurer).

On Thursday 14 November 2019, committee members of the SA Branch of the Order of Australia Association were guests at a Garden Reception at Government House, Adelaide hosted by His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, Governor of South Australia, and Mrs Lan Le. The reception was to acknowledge community organisations of which the Governor and Mrs Le are Patrons or are otherwise closely and formally associated with. Mrs Le kindly joined the Branch representatives for a photograph.