OAM Honours 2024

 “Every day, all around the country, there are ordinary Australians doing extraordinary things in their communities. The sum of these often selfless and generous actions enriches our society. Honours and Awards recipients come from all walks of life and each had an indelible, remarkable impact in our community at the local, national or international level.” His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd). 


Congratulations to St Catherine’s School Alumnae, Mrs Letitia Molesworth Shelton OAM (Cole ‘58) and Ms Emma Elizabeth Standard OAM (Handyside ‘91), along with current St Catherine’s parent, Ms Deborah Anne Henderson for being awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the 2024 King’s Birthday Honours List. 

Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the General Division  

Mrs Letitia Molesworth Shelton, Kooyong  

For service to the Royal Humane Society of Australasia.  

Royal Humane Society of Australasia  
Member, Court of Directors, 1983-2021.  

Former Director, Relief Fund.

Former Member, Medical Advisory Committee.

Life Member, 2021.

Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the General Division  

Ms Emma Elizabeth Stanford, VIC  

For service to Indigenous eye health.  

University of Melbourne  
Senior Research Fellow, Indigenous Eye Health,
School of Population and Global Health, since 2017.  

Research Fellow, Indigenous Eye Health,
School of Population and Global Health, 2009-2017.  

Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes  
Executive Officer, 2006-2009. 

Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the General Division 

Ms Deborah Anne Henderson, Brighton East  

For service to community health, particularly through cancer awareness.  

Cancer Advocate  
• Member, Blood Cancer Taskforce, Leukaemia Foundation, since 2018.  
• Member, The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, since 2018.  
• Patient Advocate, Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia Society, current.  
• Advisory Council Member, Cancer Australia, since 2021.  
• Strategic Partnerships Consultant, CancerAid, since 2022.  
• Advocacy Director, Lymphoma Australia, 2019-2020.  
• Participant, CAR-T Clinical Trial, Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia Treatment, 2020.  
• Participant, Clinical Venclexta Trials, Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia Treatment, 2015.  

The Institute of Public Affairs  
• Deputy Executive Director, since 2022.  
• Director, Relationships and Engagement, 2016-2019.  

Professional Career  
• Coordinator, Donor Development, Samuel Griffith Society, since 2017.  
• Director, Henderson Media Group, since 2019.  
• Chairman, Change Victoria, since 2020.  
• Strategic Development Adviser, Centre for Independent Studies, since 2021.  
• Former Journalist, British Broadcasting Corporation. 

Our School Motto, ‘Nil Magnum Nisi Bonum’ meaning, ‘nothing is great unless it is good’ is upheld by many of our exceptional Old Girls, women who continue to inspire our students and future generations of St Catherine’s Alumnae through their careers and community service. 

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