Wahroonga, New South Wales
Three Adventists were recognised as part of this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours for their contributions and services to Papua New Guinea (PNG).
The Honourable Gibuna Gibbs Salika was honoured as a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire for “services to law and to the judiciary as a Judge of the National and Supreme Courts and currently as Deputy Chief Justice”.
The Honourable John Pundari, who currently serves as PNG’s Environment Minister, was recognised as a Companion of the Order of St Michael for his “services to the community as a Member of the National Parliament”.
The official Queen’s Birthday Honours list also paid tribute to Mr Pundari’s work as a former Speaker and Deputy Prime Minister.
The Queens Birthday Honours for Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu were announced on Saturday, June 14. The Honours list for Australia and New Zealand were published earlier in the month.
Among those honoured in Australia was outgoing Adventist Aviation Services CEO Pastor Roger Millist, who was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for “service to international relations through a range of aviation and church roles in Papua New Guinea”.
Long-time Sydney Adventist Hospital (the San) volunteer Dr Yvonne McMaster was also awarded the OAM for “service to community health”.
According to The Telegraph, the retired doctor began her work as a palliative care advocate after signing up to run a cancer support group at the San in the late 90s.
Dr McMaster was instrumental in the reinstatement of palliative care funding for health services in Northern Sydney in 2011. The funding was cut only two years earlier.