Thankyou Australia -Prof Marie Bashir, Sir Nicholas Shehadie at Government House for my OAM

Thankyou Australia -Prof Marie Bashir, Sir Nicholas Shehadie at Government House for my OAM

Family with Sir Nicholas Shehadie, OAM award Parliament House SydneyGovernment House Sydney, gardens, OAM for Susanne Gervay, Professor Marie BashirThe sun was shining, Government House was a gracious reminder of the past, the gardens flowering for the investiture of Australians for their contributions to Australia.

We sat in the sumptuous sitting room, as guests gathered for the ceremony. It was inspiring to hear the contribution of so many awarded decorations for courage, extraordinary services in fields as varied as medical, business, government, social justice …. and of course my very special Order of Australia (OAM) for children’s literature and professional organisations.

My wonderful children were there which made it doubly special.

Thankyou to my friends who sent me letters, emails, gifts.

Thankyou to the organisations who are part of my life that supported this award – Room to Read, The NSW Writers Centre, SCBWI, CBCA, MonkeyBaa Theatre and many others.

It was a time where I reflected on my parents’ journey as refugees to Australia. I know they were there with me. We had lunch at 21 Double Bay where my father took me as a girl to share Hungarian dishes, laugh and share stories.

I carried a private momento of my parents with me today.

Susanne Gervay OAM with Nadia at Cafe 21 Double BayProfessor Marie Bashir Governor of NSW, Government House, OAM Susanne GervayGovernment House Sydney, OAM investiture with Susanne Gervay for Children's Literature and professional organisationsParliament House Sydney, Governor of NSW Professor Marie Bashir, OAM investiture Susanne GervayProfessor Marie Bashir, Governor of NSW spoke with heart and warmth and we shared the joy of children’s literature. Marie Bashir is Patron of the CBCA NSW. Her husband Sir NicolasShehadie who was the force behind World Rugby and a huge contributor to Australia is a wonderful racanteur.

What a day!!!!

Thankyou Australia!!!!


Room to Read logo,, RoomtoRead endorses Susanne Gervay's 'I Am Jack' Susanne Gervay OAM, proud to be an Australia Day AmbassadorSCBWI Australia and New Zealand ogo by Frane Lessac, Susanne Gervay co RA SCBW

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.

1 Comment

  1. Hazel Edwards 6 years ago

    Congratulations Susie.What a wonderful tribute and great for all your family too.

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