Four residents of the Adelaide Hills were acknowledged for their hard work, dedication and passion for the Adelaide Hills in the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Jill Swan, resident of Rostrevor was awarded an OAM (Order of Australia Medal) for her efforts as a volunteer at the Art Gallery of South Australia and work at Han Heysen’s former home, now museum, The Cedars located in Verdun.
Joan Playford of Kersbrook, and founder of the Kersbrook Resident’s Association and town neighbourhood watch was awarded an OAM to acknowledge her ongoing efforts and service to the Kersbrook community.
Stirling resident, Sonya Ryan, and founder of the Carly Ryan Foundation (CRF) received an OAM for her dedication to ensuring the safety of children online. In 2017, she proposed a new legislation called Carly’s Law designed to protect young people online by enabling law enforcement agencies to take action against predators sooner and with greater consequence. She is currently in talks with UN officials to have similar laws passed overseas.
Lastly, Lobethal resident Kevin Kleeman was awarded an OAM for being an active member of the town community, having served on many committees, including the Lobethal Lights for several decades. He has also been involved with the Onkaparinga Lions club and St. Johns Lutheran Church for over 40 years.
On being recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, Kevin said, “I wasn’t looking for awards, I do it to help people. I’m very grateful for the honour I’ve received and will continue to help and participate in the community for as long as I can.”