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Mater Foundation board member Allan Pidgeon made this year’s Australia Day honours list, being named a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).
Mr Pidgeon received the recognition for his significant service to the community through a range of roles, particularly in promoting the Australian national flag as the President of the Australian National Flag Association of Queensland.
He said it was a privilege to be in the company of many inspiring Australians.
“I am humbled to be included amongst many other Australians who have done such amazing things.
“I was asked to join the Association when it was formed over 30 years ago, and since then, by learning more about the unique and inspiring story of our flag, I’ve become passionate about telling Australians this unknown part of our history.
“In other countries, the fact that we held the world’s first flag design competition would be part of national folklore, and the five winners would be household names.”
Mr Pidgeon has been a Mater Foundation board member for close to five years and its Mater’s values and the exceptional care it provides patients that makes him proud to be a part of the Mater community.
“I have a great admiration for all that Mater does and apart from anything else, our three children were born at Mater Mothers’ Hospital.
“When I was invited to join Mater Foundation I thought it was a fantastic opportunity to show support in some small way for the great work that is carried out across all of its hospitals.”
Following in the footsteps of his parents, Mr Pidgeon said community service always played an important part of his life, in particular his strong connection with Mater.
Learn more about Mater Foundation’s board members.