Rosies General Manager is delighted to advise that Honourary Life Membership has been bestowed to our Patron, the Honourable Mrs Leneen Forde AC, and our long-time friend, Don Barton OAM (both pictured). Honorary Life Membership, and Life Membership, are the highest Awards available to recognise the exceptional contribution of individuals to Rosies. The Board endorsed the new Honourary category, and awarded our inaugural recipients, at our recent Annual General Meeting.
Don has been a very generous friend of Rosies since our very beginnings. Don recalls he, and his late wife Ann, started supporting Rosies immediately after a talk at Ann’s local Parish Mass. Rosies is most humbled by Don’s continued and very generous support in loving memory of his wife Ann. Leneen joined us as our very first Patron in 1997. Currently the Queensland Catholic Education Chair, Leneen has had a distinguished career including Chancellor of Griffith University, Governor of Queensland, and Chair of the Commission of Inquiry into the Abuse of Children in Queensland Institutions.
Don and Leneen join our two Life Members, Bob Boardman, Rosies former General Manager, and Theresa Sheppard, an inaugural volunteer and long term friend. These Awards recognise that exceptional support can be directly helping those most abandoned or indirectly to enable Rosies to do what we do best. Thank you Don and Leneen. You are truly inspirational.