Medal of the Order of Australia

Medal of the Order of Australia

Australia Day 2016: OAM for Wollongong refugee advocate Sharyn Mackenzie

The SCARF community extend their heartfelt congratulations to Sharyn on her enormous achievement!

As a co-founder of Wollongong volunteer refugee aid group SCARF – Strategic Community Assistance to Refugee Families  – Sharyn has been awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her service to the community through refugee support.

“It’s my vision, it’s my passion, but it’s a wonderful story of community engagement”, she has told the Illawarra Mercury. Find the entire news story here.

She described her OAM as “very humbling”, adding the recognition would be shared among everyone at SCARF.

“I’m being recognised for something that I absolutely love to do.”

Sharyn Mackenzie (centre) with Sara Gholami, Eugenia Pyne and Joy Farley. Mrs Mackenzie receives a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM). Picture: Georgia Matts

Sharyn Mackenzie (centre) with Sara Gholami, Eugenia Pyne and Joy Farley. Mrs Mackenzie receives a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM). Picture: Georgia Matts