Order of Australia Medal for Sr Maria Cunningham24th June 2011
In addition to the Catholic Health Australia Award, Sr Maria Cunningham was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to the community through a range of health and social-welfare organisations and the Sisters of Charity. The Congregation was delighted for Sr Maria and she was congratulated by all.
“When I found out, my reaction was one of dismay for the other people who’ve done more than me and have never received anything,” she said. “Being here though I’m really thrilled for myself and for everyone who has been a part of my life for the past 40 years, to see it come to fruition.”
Sr Annette Cunliffe and Sr Maria’s two sisters were honoured guests at the ceremony at Government House. Sr Leone Wittmack was also an invited guest for Mr Tony Killen and friend of Sr Maria.
Also receiving an OAM was Mr Tony Killen, a friend and colleague of the Sisters of Charity. Tony’s Award was for services to the community, particularly to St Vincent’s Health Australia over the past 19 years. “I was honoured to receive the award, but conscious of all the help and support given by other people, particularly my family,” he said.