A surprise OAM

April 17, 2015 by Roz Tarszisz
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Yvonne Shapiro of Sydney has been awarded an honorary Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM).

Yvonne Shapiro

Yvonne Shapiro

The award is for service to the community of Rose Bay, particularly the aged, as a Volunteer Administrator at the B’nai B’rith Princes Gardens Retirement Village in Rose Bay.

Yvonne Shapiro represents the village in all facets of operation, particularly ensuring compliance with relevant legislation and assists village residents with any welfare issues and organises regular functions and activities.

Honorary awards are made to those living in Australia who aren’t Australian citizens.

“I came here in 1968 and the rules were that, as a New Zealander, I did not need to become naturalised. I am on the electoral roll and have done jury duty” she explained.

Yvonne and husband Michael (who received an OAM in 2014) work very hard for their community.

When J-Wire asked how they would celebrate, she said they were inviting all the village’s Rose Bay residents to join them at a special Kiddush on Friday.

It is typical of Yvonne to want to share her news with other B’nai B’rith members and a L’Chaim is planned for the Syd Enfield Unit on Sunday April 26.

“I have been involved with the organisation since I lived in Wellington, New Zealand. When I retired I had time and was prepared to give it” she said.



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