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Australia Day Honours for SA Catholics


Three South Australian Catholics have been recognised for their service to the community in this year’s Australia Day Honours list.

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Brian Spencer, the former State president of St Vincent de Paul Society, was made a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia for “significant service to the community through the St Vincent de Paul Society in SA, and to business”.

The Hallett Cove parishioner also was recognised for his active involvement in St Martin de Porres Catholic community since 1978.

Mr Spencer was State president of Vinnies from 2013 to 2017 and has been involved in the organisation’s home visitation program since 2003, while also serving on the national and State council. He was HR manager for ETSA Utilities and a general manager with SA Power Network before starting his own consultancy business.

Peter Sandercock, of Somerton Park, was honoured with a Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia for his service to the community and to Rotary. In particular, he was recognised for his support of the Sacred Heart Old Collegians Association, of which he is a life member, and the Sacred Heart College Foundation, as well as his involvement in the Glenelg parish and Our Lady of Grace community.

Mr Sandercock has been an active member of Rotary since joining the club in 1988, serving in a variety of leadership positions at a club, state and national level.

Also awarded an OAM was David John Wark, of Myrtle Bank, for service to sport and to the community of South Australia.

The Honours list noted his involvement with Christian Brothers College and its Old Collegians Association since the 1960s.




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