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Congratulations Julie Ryan OAM

Posted: 04-Feb-2020

In this year’s Australia Day Honours Awards, our former Principal, Julie Ryan, was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to secondary education. Julie has made significant contributions to Catholic Education for so many years and this is a richly deserved award. The Australia Day Honours Awards provide all Australians with the opportunity to celebrate inspiring people who provide generous service and leadership to their communities. 

In a summary of achievements that led to the conferral of Julie’s OAM, she is recognised for her:

  • Principalship of OLMC (2005–2017) and of St Columba’s College, Essendon (2000–2004);
  • Executive and now life membership of the Principals Association of Victorian Catholic Secondary Schools (PAVCSS), inclusive of her role as President of the PAVCSS (2012–2014);
  • Role as President of the Australasian Mercy Secondary School Association (2014 – 2017);
  • Current educational leadership as Regional Director of Marist Schools Australia in Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.

At OLMC, staff who were privileged to work with Julie are delighted that she has received this prestigious award. When she left the College at the end of 2017, our December edition of CapeStreet paid tribute to Julie’s contribution to the broader education community. We joyously reiterate this tribute here, even if it is missing one more significant achievement!

Know that we have been proud of your contribution to the broader educational community, such as your roles as Vice President and then President of the Principals Association of Victorian Catholic Secondary Schools, and your role as President of the Australasian Mercy Secondary School Association. Your 2014 Fellowship Award from the Australian Council for Education Leaders – awarded for ‘an outstanding contribution to the study and practice of leadership’ – was another source of pride and delight for us.

Julie, you are more than the sum of the professional achievements. You are colour, energy and curiosity personified and an embodiment of our College values – Courage, Joy, Justice and Compassion. (CapeStreet, December 2017)

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