Three more awards

June 20, 2017 by J-Wire Staff
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Three more awards on the Queen’s Birthday list to members of the Australian Jewish community have been added to those published on Monday, taking the total of twenty-seven.

J-Wire sends belated congratulations to Vicky Kvisle in Sydney and Phillipa Challis in Victoria whose late husband Kenneth was also honoured in this year’s list.

All three were honoured with the AOM



The late Derek Kenneth CHALLIS

Late of Manifold Heights Vic 3218

The late Kenneth Challis

For service to the community through a range of roles.

Service includes:

Lions Clubs International:


Chairman, National Public Relations Committee, 2005-2008; District Member, 1998-2000.

Life Member, 2008.


Cabinet Secretary, Lions District 201V2, 2013-2014; District Governor, 2001-2002.

District 201V2 Chairman, East Timor Project, 2002-2009; Public Relations and Lions Information, 1996-2000; Road and Water Safety and Disaster Liaison, 1995-1996.


President, Lions Club of Anglesea, 1975-1976; Member, 1969-1977.

President, Lions Club of Geelong, 2003-2004; served in various executive positions; Member, 1981-2016.


Managing Director and Founder, Challis Group, 1981-2016.

Vice-President and Secretary, Victorian Division, Institute of Mercantile Agents Ltd, 2012-2015; various executive and committee positions, ‘for many years’.


Phillipa CHALLIS, Manifold Heights Vic 3218

For service to the community of Geelong.

Service includes:

Phillipa Challis

Director, Zonta Club of Geelong, 2016-2017; President, 1985-1986; Vice-President, 1984; Board Member, 1992-2002; Acting President, 2013; Membership/Fellowship Convenor, 2004-2013; Member, since 1982.

Director, Zonta District Area 4, 1994-1996; Chair, Public Relations and Communications Committee, 1996-1998; Member, District Nominating Committee, 2008-2010; Member, District Status of Women Committee, 2010-2012.

Part-Time Fundraising Coordinator, Mercy Family Care Centre, 1985-1993.

Director, Geelong Chamber of Commerce, 1996-2001; Chair, Program and Development Committee, 1994-2000; Director, 1996-2001.

Volunteer, McKellar Centre, Barwon Health, ‘for many years’.

Coordinator, TARTS (Top and Really Terrific Sorts) charity luncheons, current.

Committee Member, Special Events Committee, Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, 1985-2005.

Helped establish the Anglesea Netball Pennant Competition, 1974.

Founder, Laughter Club Victoria, 2002.

Laughter Therapist, Geelong Laughter Club, current.

Registered Laughter Ambassador, Laughter Yoga Club International, since 2006.

Justice of the Peace, since 1994.

Phillipa Challis told J-Wire the news of the award was “bitter-sweet”. She said: “I worked with my late husband for 46 years. I remember when we first came to Anglesea he was concerned that the community did not have an ambulance and worked for five years to raise the funds to obtain one. I was a Lions lady and we worked together on so many projects. When the Timor war was over, Kenneth worked hard to restore the infrastructure,

Phillipa has fond her younger days in Melbourne where she went to Mt Scopus. She added: “Recently I went for the first time to Temple Beth Israel with three of my classmates. We had all turned 70 and were called up to the Torah. It was very special. I didn’t do all the community work I did for recognition…but it means a lot.”


Vicky Kvisle

Victoria Eva KVISLE, Killara NSW 2071

For service to cancer research organisations, and to the community.

Service includes:

Director, Cure Cancer Australia, 1993-2016 and fundraiser and supporter, ‘for over 40 years’.

Supporter and Volunteer, Can Too Foundation, ongoing.

Co-Recipient, Eva Kolling Award for Philanthropy, 2015.

Vice-President, The Redlanders Past Students’ Association, Sydney Church of England Co-educational Grammar School Redlands, current.

Vicky Kvisle told J-Wire: “I am very honoured to have received this award, Cure Cancer Australia is an Australian charity, that my family and I have been involved with for almost fifty years which receives no government funding, and exclusively focusses on funding Australia’s brightest emerging researchers to combat all types of cancer. 

Cure Cancer Australia funds the innovators, the most brilliant brains, that look at the cancer challenge from differing perspectives.  These are the next generation of researchers most likely to advance the fight against cancer and you don’t need to be a scientist to help cure cancer, you don’t need to have loaded pockets. Anyone can help make a small difference.”


To the updated and hopefully the final list please


One Response to “Three more awards”
  1. Adrian Jackson says:

    25 Jewish Australians who received an honour, out of a population of about 80,000 Jews in Australia, on a per capita basis, is ten times more recipients than the general Australian population of 24,500,000 Australians

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