Australian King's Birthday Honours List - Recognition of Individuals

@JudyEv (328849)
Rockingham, Australia
June 10, 2024 8:55pm CST
Every year, in the King’s Birthday Honours list, Australia recognises a number of individuals who have given remarkable service to the community. It is one of the highest acknowledgments of community service that an Australian can receive. Recipients come from all walks of life and from all areas of achievement. There are various levels of award. A Medal of the Order of Australia was awarded to Donna Rousham of Darwin for her work with children with disabilities. This was given in recognition of her work with children with disabilities. Donna started the Starfish Swim Group in 2007 to cater for children with special needs. Donna’s daughter has Downs Syndrome, and although there were pools and water everywhere, children with disabilities didn’t fit into mainstream programmes. In 2021, Donna’s daughter broke a 200-metre freestyle world record by six seconds, without even realising it. I don’t know what record it was. Maybe it was a paralympics-type record. Whatever, it’s still a remarkable achievement. Photo is mine taken at a swim meet that we covered once.
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@rebelann (111715)
• El Paso, Texas
11 Jun
I like your photos. I imagine Donna and her daughter are both very proud of that achievement.
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@JudyEv (328849)
• Rockingham, Australia
11 Jun
Some people do some great work behind the scenes and often don't get much acknowledgement.
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@rebelann (111715)
• El Paso, Texas
11 Jun
It all depends on the person writing about that event
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@JudyEv (328849)
• Rockingham, Australia
23h
@rebelann The names have to put forward by individuals or organisations. You can't nominate yourself.
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@Deepizzaguy (96394)
• Lake Charles, Louisiana
11 Jun
Congratulations to Donna Rousman for being rewarded for her work with children who are disabled.
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@JudyEv (328849)
• Rockingham, Australia
11 Jun
She certainly deserves her award.
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@Deepizzaguy (96394)
• Lake Charles, Louisiana
11 Jun
@JudyEv I am in agreement with you.
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@snowy22315 (172502)
• United States
11 Jun
I didn't know Australia ever had a king.
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@JudyEv (328849)
• Rockingham, Australia
11 Jun
We're still part of the Commonwealth so Charles is our King for the moment. There are many pushing for us to become a republic.
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@Orson_Kart (6181)
• United Kingdom
11 Jun
I’ve not seen our list, but I’m pretty sure I have been overlooked. Again!
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• United Kingdom
11 Jun
@JudyEv What about - All round good egg?
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@JudyEv (328849)
• Rockingham, Australia
23h
@Orson_Kart That'll do it! All good all-round eggs should be acknowledged.
@JudyEv (328849)
• Rockingham, Australia
11 Jun
You have to have someone nominate you I think. Send me your details and I'll put your name forward for next year. Don't forget to say why you should be nominated - if you can think of something.
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@FourWalls (63298)
• United States
12 Jun
That’s great that she helps children with disabilities feel “normal” with things as simple as swimming. The honor (sorry, honour ) is very well-deserved!!!
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@JudyEv (328849)
• Rockingham, Australia
23h
Haha - thanks for the acknowledging the spelling. It doesn't really worry me but I'm too stubborn not to use the spelling I grew up with.
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@grenery8 (4244)
• Croatia (Hrvatska)
11 Jun
impressive recognition and photos, as well.
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@JudyEv (328849)
• Rockingham, Australia
23h
Thanks. We had a very busy weekend at the swim meet.
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@grenery8 (4244)
• Croatia (Hrvatska)
19h
@JudyEv i thought Vince is resting?
@allknowing (130947)
• India
11 Jun
Well deserved award.
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@JudyEv (328849)
• Rockingham, Australia
23h
I think so too. People like Donna are incredibly important to those they're mentoring.
@LadyDuck (462887)
• Switzerland
11 Jun
I am glad that Donna was honored with a medal, I admire people who spend time taking care of children with disabilities. I imagine you celebrate King's Charles birthday.
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@LadyDuck (462887)
• Switzerland
11 Jun
@JudyEv I remember that also in Monte Carlo we celebrated the Prince Rainier's Birthday in November, when he was born the last day of May.
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@JudyEv (328849)
• Rockingham, Australia
11 Jun
Yes, Donna deserves recognition. We have a public holiday for the King's birthday although it's never on his birthday.
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@Tampa_girl7 (49488)
• United States
11 Jun
Donna deserves the acknowledgement.
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@JudyEv (328849)
• Rockingham, Australia
23h
She does indeed. There were a number of people who do great work in their communities who received awards.
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@just4him (311110)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
11 Jun
That's great you have the King's Birthday Honors. Donna's daughter is amazing, she deserves the medal, and her mother the award.
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@just4him (311110)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
17h
@JudyEv Yes, they are.
@JudyEv (328849)
• Rockingham, Australia
23h
Both have done incredibly well. They are well deserving of their successes.
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@JESSY3236 (19220)
• United States
11 Jun
That's so cool. I have a cousin with Downs Syndrome. cool pictures.
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@JudyEv (328849)
• Rockingham, Australia
23h
People underestimate how much they are capable of.
@Dena91 (16057)
• United States
11 Jun
How special that Donna was recognized for her work with children with disabilities. Congratulations to her daughter for breaking the record.
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@JudyEv (328849)
• Rockingham, Australia
23h
It's lovely that people like Donna have the chance to be recognised.
@Ronrybs (17955)
• London, England
11 Jun
Sounds like your honour system is working better than over here. Most of the higher awards seem to go to people who are friends of politicians
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@JudyEv (328849)
• Rockingham, Australia
23h
Really? Lots of 'ordinary' and 'extraordinary' people get recognised with these awards. There are several levels. Sports people, pollies and celebrities often get awards too for their 'contribution to whatever' but there always seems to be a genuine reason for the award.
• Philippines
11 Jun
Thank you for sharing that. I just learned something new again about what other countries are.. I wonder what gadget did you use getting this photo?? because its so high definition and not blurry.. Your hands are so steady.
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@JudyEv (328849)
• Rockingham, Australia
11 Jun
It's a SLR camera and I have a good lens. I would have zoomed in on the swimmers as much as possible. Thanks for the compliment.
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• Philippines
22h
@JudyEv oohh I see. but if you zoomed in as much as possible its kinda shakey because swimmers are fast.. and you captured it clearly.. YOU CAN BE A SNIPER you got some steady hands in ultra magnification.. You're welcome
@jstory07 (134857)
• Roseburg, Oregon
11 Jun
Those people that get recognized for what they do deserve the award that they get.
@JudyEv (328849)
• Rockingham, Australia
11 Jun
That's for sure. Some do quite amazing work.
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@LindaOHio (161462)
• United States
11 Jun
That's a wonderful program and a wonderful accomplishment. Great photos. Have a good day.
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@JudyEv (328849)
• Rockingham, Australia
11 Jun
The people are all nominated by friends or relatives. Most would go unrecognised most of the time so these awards are a great idea.
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@Beestring (13619)
• Hong Kong
11 Jun
Donna Rousham of Darwin deserves the Award. I like the photos.
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@JudyEv (328849)
• Rockingham, Australia
11 Jun
I'm glad you like the photos. We spend two full days at a swim meet and barely sat down the whole time. We were exhausted at the end of it.
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