RESULTS volunteers and staff are extraordinary people motivated to make a difference in their communities by using their voice to advocate and work with a values-based organisation and they all deserve acknowledgement, appreciation and thanks for their contribution. Many devote hours, weeks, months and years helping to eradicate extreme poverty.
However, some stand out for outstanding effort, invested over significant periods. They set a high benchmark in service and volunteering excellence and RESULTS awards recognise these members and acknowledge the outstanding contribution they have made with a Life Membership Award.
Life membership is the highest honour an organisation can bestow upon one of its members or Volunteers. The RESULTS board, by special resolution, awards life membership in recognition of exceptional and distinguished service to members and Volunteers of RESULTS Australia who have demonstrated this level of service over a significant period.
Nomination are made by the RESULTS board for contributions made in Governance, Volunteering, Event Organisation, Income generation and/or Supporter recruitment.
RESULTS Australia first life member
At her first local RESULTS meeting in 1989, Maree learned about the shockingly high death rates of children under 5 years worldwide from lack of access to vaccinations, medical treatment and basic nutrition. Maree decided to volunteer at RESULTS Australia being motivated to make a difference and help eliminate extreme poverty by putting her voice with other everyday Australians to advocate and inform her Member of Parliament and Senators how to prioritise investment of Australian aid funding in the most effective, cost efficient and lifesaving health and education programs for the world’s poorest people especially children.
Later, and as a new mum living on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Maree initiated and led a local RESULTS advocacy group for more than 15 years. Maree also worked with others to establish more groups around NSW and Australia.
Not only did Maree work at the grassroots she also took responsibility to and moved into leadership roles on the RESULTS management committee in Australia and internationally. She was the RESULTS Australian President between 2003 and 2005. In 2005 she was appointed as
National Manager and from 2010 to 2018 was the inaugural CEO.
During the early years leading RESULTS Australia, Maree oversaw several impactful public events and advocacy campaigns leading to inclusion in the ACTION global health advocacy partnership in 2009. Donor and grant funding soon followed including from RESULTS Educational Fund (supported by prominent international philanthropists including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and a number of other Foundations and organisations) enabling RESULTS Australia to expand staffing, reach and capabilities to help raise the voices of people in the community.
Whilst still active in her local group, as CEO Maree became a key advocate and a constant face of RESULTS and highly respected by government and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade alike. The information and research that Maree and her talented team of staff and volunteers provided to government has led to wise policy and funding decisions resulting in billions of dollars invested in aid and development programs. These programs have saved and improved the lives of millions of people and enabled key programs focused on child immunisation and the elimination of polio, tuberculosis and HIV AIDS to expand and flourish over recent decades.
As CEO, Maree met regularly with her counterparts in the US, UK, Europe, Africa and Asia and had significant influence in planning and implementing heath, nutrition and education advocacy strategies worldwide. Maree also met regularly with global leaders of multilateral funding institutions such as the World Bank, Gavi the Vaccine Alliance and the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria to provide information and ideas. She was highly respected by the Executive Directors of all other RESULTS and ACTION partnership leaders and by the founder of RESULTS USA, Sam Daley-Harris, and international figures working in this field such as Grameen Bank founder and Nobel Laureate, Professor Muhammad Yunus.
Maree was responsible for developing strong, long term and ongoing partnerships with other health, nutrition, education and microfinance not-for-profit and global health organisations. These collaborations helped to strengthen the outcomes and impact RESULTS and its partners have achieved.
Not only does Maree invest expertise, time and energy she and her family have made major ongoing donations to the work of RESULTS over the entire time of her association
Maree retired as RESULTS CEO in 2018 but remains a strong supporter and RESULTS Ambassador. Her level of engagement in multiple roles over such a long period merits well deserved recognition through Life Membership.