ACU student receives Queen’s Birthday Honour
Canberra Campus (Signadou) student, Bev Orr, has been awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, for service to the community and particularly children through foster care and child protection.
The annual Queen’s Birthday Honours were awarded to Australians who have demonstrated outstanding achievement or service to the country or humanity.
Bev and her husband David have worked as foster and kinship carers for more than 30 years.
Bev is currently Vice-President of the Foster Care Association of the ACT, President of the Australian Foster Care Association and Deputy Carer of Families Australia, the national peak body for all family organisations in Australia.
Professional colleagues nominated the Canberra resident for the award earlier this year, for her outstanding leadership roles within the community sector.
Bev said she was both shocked and surprised to receive the honour.
“There are so many people working as foster carers who aren’t ever recognised,” she said. “They are the silent heroes looking after the community’s most needy children and they also deserve recognition.”
Bev encourages all members of the community to become involved in foster or respite care as there is an acute shortage of carers across the country. She is currently completing a Master of Human Services in Child Protection at the Canberra Campus.