After six momentous years, we say thank you and goodbye to The Hon Shane Stone, Chairman of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Australia.
Shane became Chair of the Award following a very accomplished career as a primary school teacher, barrister, political leader and company director and serving on many charities and community bodies.
From 1969 Shane has been an active reservist, serving in the Army Reserves and The Royal Australian Navy, continuing on to become a recipient of the Reserve Force Medal, The Australian Defence Medal and Centenary Medal.
From 1986-1989 Shane was President of the Australia’s Northern Territory Country Liberal Party, member of the Northern Territory parliament Cabinet Minister and Chief Minister from 1990-2000. Shane maintained his interest in politics and government when he became Assistant Chairman of the International Democratic Union. In 1999, he was accorded the title the Honourable for life by HM Queen Elizabeth II of Australia on his retirement as Chief Minister.
In 2006, Shane was conferred a Companion of the Order of Australia in The Queen’s Birthday Honours - awarded for eminent achievement and merit of the highest degree of service to Australia or humanity at large.
Over the years, Shane’s interest and passion in not-for-profit activities has been revealed through his work with Australian Children’s Television Foundation, The Defence Reserve Support council and of course The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Australia.
The past six years have seen Chairman Shane Stone implement many notable initiatives for the Award in Australia including:
The result of Shane’s actions for the Award has seen record numbers in regards to Participants, disadvantaged youth Participants and financial security.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award - Australia would like to place on public record a deep thanks to The Hon Shane Stone AC PGDK QC for his tremendous leadership, governance guidance and tireless work for the Award over the Past six years. We wish him and Josephine all the best with their future endeavors and specifically to Shane as he undertakes his new role as Chair of the Council for the Order of Australia.