Wesley Mission CEO receives Queen’s Birthday Honours Award, Member of the Order of Australia
The Rev Dr Keith Garner has been awarded Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday honours for significant service to the community and being an advocate for people who are homeless and socially disadvantaged.
Dr Garner said the award demonstrated the strong team that he worked with at Wesley Mission.
“Whenever a person is recognised in any aspect of life it is only because they have been
working alongside a great team of people. That has certainly been my experience at Wesley Mission.”
The journey to the Order of Australia
“It is pleasing but humbling to be recognised in your adopted country,” Dr Garner said.
“I came to Australia 10 years ago to continue the great outreach of Wesley Mission. Our
work is very wide-ranging, but a most significant area is amongst the homeless and
The passion for service
“Working with the homeless and marginalised is a personal passion. If this award can in any way further enhance and develop this work then I will be pleased and delighted,” Dr Garner said.
“Australia continues to have high levels of homelessness. Each night more than 100,000
Australians are homeless with one-third being homeless families. We must continue to build a better future for these people and give a strong voice to those who have no place to call home.”
Dr Garner’s leadership and advocacy
Mr Mark Scott AO, Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Wesley Mission Board, said
Wesley Mission welcomed the award as an important recognition of Dr Garner’s leadership and for speaking out on behalf of people who do not have a voice in our society.
“Keith is a powerful and passionate advocate on behalf of the people in greatest need in our community,” Mr Scott said.
“Under his leadership, Wesley Mission provides a helping hand to thousands of people every day.”