The University of Newcastle, Australia

Exceptional Community Service Award

The Exceptional Community Service Award recognises the work of an outstanding community member who has made a significant impact, and has enhanced the reputation of the University of Newcastle and its relationship with the wider community.

Previous recipients have enriched society through their work in community fundraising, establishing arts and culture, and embedding sustainability models in local society.

2019 Alumni Achievers

2019 Achiever - Philip Sketchley

Philip Sketchley OAM

Music Educator
B Education 1988

Philip Sketchley OAM has been an integral part of the Hunter region’s music community with over 50 years of service as a teacher, pianist, fundraiser, conductor, accompanist, and musical director.

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2019 Achiever - Lee Shearer APM

Lee Shearer APM

Managing Director, Lee Shearer & Associates
UON Open Foundation Student

As an exceptional leader across sectors, Lee Shearer’s work has greatly impacted our region in her various roles, delivering strong tangible outcomes for communities.

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2019 Achiever - Renée Bianchi

Renée Bianchi

Barrister, 13th Floor St James Hall Chambers
B Law 2007 / Dip Legal Practice 2007; B Biomedical Science Hons 2004

Renée Bianchi’s exemplary record of voluntary community service within and outside the legal profession has enhanced the reputation of the University through volunteering, mentorship and leadership for both the law profession and for the greater community.

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