Shrine of Remembrance Medal
The Shrine of Remembrance Medal recognises individuals or organisations for their contribution to the promotion of Victorian service and sacrifice in times of war and peacekeeping. Each year, the Medal is presented to the winner at the Shrine of Remembrance Annual Dinner.
The 2016 Recipient was Mr ROBERT WINTHER
(R-L) Shrine of Remembrance CEO Dean Lee, Medal Recipient Mr Robert Winther and
Chairman of the Shrine Trustees Air-Vice Marshal Chris Spence AO (Retd).
Robert is Veteran Liaison at Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital and has dedicated more than 50 years’ service to this role. He has been the driving force of numerous projects at the Hospital including The Anzac Memorial Chapel, The Remembrance Garden and the Jessie Mary Vasey Labyrinth. Robert’s commitment to the veteran community is apparent in his long incumbency and the support he provides in ensuring veterans’ stories are accessible to current and future generations through tours for school and community groups.
The high calibre of nominations for the Shrine Medal each year makes the selection of a recipient a difficult task and is testimony to the continued hard work which goes into increasing community knowledge and understanding of the service and sacrifice of Victorian men and women in war and peacekeeping.
The remaining finalists for 2016 were:
MR DONALD BERGMAN
Donald (Don) has been a dedicated Volunteer Guide at the Shrine since February 2004. For a period Don was an outreach presenter on a voluntary basis to community groups such as RSLs, Scout Groups and Masonic Lodges sharing his knowledge on topics such as the Victoria Cross: its inception, relevance and history in relation to Australia. In addition, Don has provided 50 years of service to RSL Victorian Branch performing marshalling duties on Anzac Day.
MR MAX CHESTER OAM
As an architect, Max designed the Shelter of Peace Memorial which commemorates the awarding of the George Cross to the Mediterranean island of Malta during the Second World War. Max has also worked on the Wilsons Promontory Tidal River Memorial Pillar and the memorial at Warrnambool RSL. The former Secretary of the Order of Australia Association, Max was responsible for the establishment of the Sir John Monash Memorial Ceremony, an interfaith service which takes place every year on Australia Day.
ROTARY CLUB OF CAMBERWELL
The Rotary Club of Camberwell is a community service club behind the Seeds of Peace initiative. The project involved 23 secondary schools in the City of Boroondara and invited students to write peace essays to qualify for a Rotary sponsored trip to Gallipoli on Anzac Day 2015—seven students were chosen. The Club has compiled Seeds of Peace: The Book which records the students’ essays, photos, and reflections from their experiences. The book is set to be officially launched in December 2016 at the Turkish Consulate.