Governor Marie Bashir – a remarkable woman, Patron of Children’s Book Council NSW

Governor Marie Bashir – a remarkable woman, Patron of Children’s Book Council NSW

Susanne Gervay OAM with Governor Marie Bashir, Government House SydneyOne of my favourite photos of 2011

Order of Australia OAM Susanne Gervay

is when the Governor Professor Bashir, the first woman to be appointed Governor of New South Wales, presented me with an Order 0f  Australia (OAM) for children’s literature and other associations at Government House

Dr Bashir is a leading light in children’s services, psychiatry and mental health services, and indigenous health programs. and when appointed was  Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Sydney ; Area Director of Mental Health Services Central Sydney ; and Senior Consultant to the Aboriginal Medical Service, Redfern and to the Aboriginal Medical Service, Kempsey.

She is patron of the Children’s Book Council. She was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1988 for her services to child and adolescent health; and was invested by Her Majesty, the Queen, with the insignia of a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) in 2006.

Governor Marie Bashir, patron of the CBCA NSW at The Hughenden Hotel WoollahraGovernment House Sydney, Governor Marie Bashir Patron of CBCA NSW

National year of Reading 2012, Susanne Gervay Ambassador of The National Year of reading, wwwlove2read.org

I'm a writer committed to kids in particular. Adults are good too. Want to bring hope through story to my readers. Awarded an Order of Australia, Lady Cutler Award and a Lifetime International Award for Literacy for my body of work, spreading literacy is really important. I'm head of SCBWI Australia East & New Zealand, patron of Monkey Baa Theatre, Ambassador for the Premier's Reading Challenge, Writer Ambassador for Room to Read ... among other roles. I also love heritage and adapting to enhance the lives of people today, which is why I restored The Hughenden Hotel 1870s and The Residences Centennial Park - the only homes in the parklands which are open now for accommodation, events and lots of nature.

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