Oxfam congratulates Chair of the Board on Member of Order of Australia award

Campaigns and Advocacy, Media Releases, News article written on the 26 Jan 2019

Oxfam Australia extends its heartfelt congratulations to Chair of the Board Dennis Goldner after his outstanding service to the community was recognised with a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) award in today’s Honours List.

The pre-eminent award commends Mr Goldner for “significant service to the community through charitable, health and cultural organisations.”

Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said it had been an absolute privilege for the organisation to benefit from Mr Goldner’s vast experience, networks and generosity through his service on the Board for almost eight years.

“Dennis is so clearly committed to Oxfam’s mission of a just world without poverty,” Dr Szoke said.

“Not only has he put a huge amount of time into the governance of Oxfam, he has also completed Oxfam Trailwalker a staggering 20 times, walking more than 2,000km in the process, and raised more than $2 million to help us support communities tackling poverty.

“It is great and fitting to see Dennis recognised for his significant community service recognised.”

Mr Goldner’s contribution to social justice has been achieved through various roles over his distinguished career, including his leadership of the Oxfam Board, his role as Chair of the Deloitte Foundation Board and his roles with the Library Board of Victoria, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and Castlemaine State Festival.

Mr Goldner’s response to the award was a true reflection of his dedication and humble commitment.

“What I do with and for Oxfam Australia is from my heart and I don’t expect anything more, so to be recognised in this way is a lovely extra bonus,” Mr Goldner said.

“I was attracted to Oxfam because of its spine-tinglingly awesome mission – a just world without poverty.

“It is easy for me to put the effort in supporting this worthy cause alongside the Oxfam team.

For interviews or more information, please contact Dylan Quinnell on 0450 668 350 or dylanq@oxfam.org.au