Queen's Birthday Honours list for Grieve and Foote
COMMUNITY stalwart Jan Grieve has been awarded an Order of Australia Medal for her selfless dedication and service to Ipswich.
The 73-year-old, who is well-known for her tireless work as a volunteer, was among a group of distinguished Australians recognised in the 2013 Queen's Birthday Honours yesterday.
"Community service is a huge part of my life," Mrs Grieve said. "But I don't do it for accolades, I just do what I love doing."
The Eastern Heights resident has raised more than $43,000 for the Australian Cancer Council, as organiser of Ipswich's Biggest Morning Tea over the past 14 years.
Mrs Grieve founded the Ipswich branch of The Compassionate Friends group in 1998 after losing her daughter to bowel cancer. Today, she continues to provide support to bereaved parents 15 years on.
She has been a volunteer at the Ipswich Eisteddfod for the past decade and is also a life member of the Ipswich Show Society and member of the Ladies' Committee of more than 20 years.
Eastern Heights resident Reverend Arthur Trevor Foote also received an OAM for service to the community and the Uniting Church in Australia.
Founder and chairman of the Habitat for Humanity Queensland Ipswich chapter, Mr Foote was recognised as chairman of the Selection and Nurturing Committee since 2007, volunteer coordinator of the Brush with Kindness flood recovery appeal in 2011 and representative of Ipswich City Council's Flood Response Committee.
Over the years, he has also been Minister at the Forest Lake, Graceville, Kingaroy, Maranoa and Ipswich East City Uniting Churches.
Mrs Grieve and Mr Foote were among more than 500 Australians, including Bruce and Denise Morecombe, Cadel Evans and Casey Stoner, to be honoured in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours list.