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Awarded for service to Community Advocacy and Inclusion; Education and Training; Multicultural Affairs; Human Rights; and the Environment
Born: 29 July 1946
Entered on roll: 2021
Ros Lewis has volunteered for over 40 years and is a community builder and networker who mentors, supports and empowers others by generously giving her time, knowledge and skills.
Ros’ endless reservoir of compassion, fuelled by her sense of fairness and love for people and communities, is apparent through her commitment to Oxfam, Amnesty International, Make Poverty History, Fair Trade, the Australian Aid campaign against malaria, the Launceston Human Library, A Fairer World and Interweave Arts. .
Ros has been a driving force behind Community Aid Abroad/Oxfam in Tasmania since the 1980s. Even when diagnosed with cancer, Ros stepped back, but not down, from Oxfam and stayed in touch.
From 1995 to 2005 Ros was an active member of the Migrant Resource Centre’s Human Rights Committee, in Launceston. When helping organise annual events, Ros involved others to empower them to make their own contributions.
Ros mentors migrants and others in incorporated groups, grant writing and acquitting, organising food handling training, small enterprises and radio presentation skills for young people. Ros is especially supportive of projects aimed at advancing participation of migrants, youth and people living with disabilities.
A community need, a gap in services and an idea led volunteers to form the Women’s Friendship Group, in Launceston, in 2015. Ros was the connector whose skills in governance, community and empowerment principles enabled the group to flourish, involving over 100 women and families.
As a teacher, Ros was part of a team who enabled students with disabilities to access years 11 and 12 education, as well as other programs involving integrating students with special needs.
For over a decade, Ros has joined with climate activists, young and old, for the sake of future generations.