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John Peacock Awarded AM in Australia Day Honours

The Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd), announced the Australia Day Honours List recognising 845 Australians on 26 January 2021.

John Peacock, CEO and founder of Associations Forum, was among the 159 people appointed as a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia (General Division) within the Australia honours system. His citation was for significant service to the associations and not-for-profit sectors through a range of initiatives.

John Peacock was humbled to be given this honour. “It has been my good fortune to advise and assist associations in Australia and overseas for many years”, said Mr Peacock. “To have this work recognised in the Australia honours system is a wonderful tribute. I am pleased that my role as a champion of the wonderful efforts of associations and their hundreds of thousands of representatives has been recognised at this high level."

John’s volunteering days started in high school and he first joined the Board of a company limited by guarantee at age 25 years. His professional career in association management started when he was 28 and he founded the predecessor entity to Associations Forum in 2001. His team at Associations Forum has advised thousands of associations in a dozen countries over nearly two decades and led the way through information, activities, training and advice.

“On behalf of all Australians, I congratulate everyone recognised in the Australia Day Honours list,” the Governor-General said. “The individuals we celebrate today come from all parts of our great nation and have served the community in almost every way conceivable. They’re diverse and unique but there are some common characteristics, including selflessness, commitment and dedication.

“Recipients have not put their hand up to be recognised. Most would consider the achievements that they are being recognised for to be ‘ordinary’ or just what they do. Therein is the great strength of our system – recipients in the Order of Australia have been nominated by their peers, considered by an independent process and, today, recognised by the nation” said the Governor-General.

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