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Awarded for service to community, human rights, justice, education and training
Born: 4 March 1960
Entered on roll: 2019
Lindy O’Neill grew up in country Victoria where she witnessed the stress faced by rural families and communities, and developed an appreciation for forming partnerships and stretching resources for rapid interventions at crucial times.
In 2005, Lindy moved to Tasmania and dedicated herself to supporting and advocating for vulnerable Tasmanians.
Lindy worked in some extremely challenging and demanding roles but maintained her passion, drive and heart, often at her own personal expense. Lindy worked with and rallied the support of numerous leaders and groups to deliver basic needs and supports to the Central Highlands, and connected people with services to increase personal resilience and reduce suicide.
Lindy addressed issues of inequality and opportunity for the most disadvantaged Tasmanians as Chief Executive Officer for Cerebral Palsy Tasmania and also CEO of UnitingCare, and through her involvement with Rotary Hobart, Zonta, Women Chiefs of Enterprises International (Tasmanian Branch), the National Council of Women, and the Women Tasmania Mentoring Program.
Lindy never shied away from finding creative ways to engage and support the most marginalised and has been involved in creating and supporting services and programs for: prisons; LGBTIQ community members; women escaping family violence; children in state care; those at significant risk; the homeless; unemployed; people with disability; or people with complex and ongoing mental health issues.
Lindy served on the Boards of TasCoss, Rural Alive and Well, Carers Tasmania, Disability Professionals Tasmania and was Chair of the Tasmanian Women’s Council from 2011 to 14. Lindy was also a judge of the Tasmanian Honour Roll of Women in 2014 and 2016.
Lindy was a finalist in the Telstra Women’s Business Award in 2014 for her contribution to leadership and innovation in community services.
Although retired due to ill-health, Lindy is an active member of the Old Beach community and is one of the Southern Team Leaders for the Tasmanian Council of Churches Emergency Response Program, which provides personal support to people during and after critical incidents such as flood and fire.