Twenty-two young people from across New South Wales visited campus last week to accept John Lincoln Youth Community Awards from the Order of Australia Association NSW branch. The Vice-Chancellor presided over the ceremony on Wednesday afternoon and presented each recipient with their certificate and trophy. The event is normally hosted by the Governor of NSW at Government House but was relocated to campus this year in recognition of the historic contribution Dr Lincoln made in establishing the University.
The award winners are in their final years of high school and are nominated by their principal for outstanding service to or engagement with their local communities. The awards seek to recognise these contributions and encourage others to take part in these activities in the future.
The winners were accompanied by their principals and families, and were able to speak with University students and other representatives after the ceremony, whilst enjoying the lakeside views on a spectacular spring day.
“Dr Lincoln was committed to service for the greater good, and these awards recognise your contributions to this goal. Like John, each of you has done remarkable things, sometimes publicly, sometimes privately, but always in the service of others. At Macquarie University, that concept of service to others is at the heart of everything we do,” said Professor Dowton in his address to the award winners.
“I believe that each of us must be of service to others to give our lives meaning. I am very fortunate to be able to serve as the Vice-Chancellor of this University, and very proud to be able to congratulate you here today.”