Ms Wood, a current member of Uniting AgeWell’s Community Advisory Committee, was recognised for significant services to aged welfare, human rights and health advocacy.
She became the inaugural chair of Uniting AgeWell (then Uniting Aged Care Victoria and Tasmania) in 2002 and later served as president of the Council on the Ageing Victoria from 2009 to 2014.
During the 1980s, Ms Wood was a member of the South Australian Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission as well as convenor of Australian Council of Churches’ Refugee and Migrant Services.
The former Gisborne Uniting Church council chair was also a member of the Uniting Church Assembly Social Justice Committee (1988-1991) and chair of the National Commission for Mission (1991-1997).
Former Geelong mayor and Wesley Uniting Church Geelong chair Keith Fagg has received a medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his extensive contribution to the Geelong community.
Mr Fagg was the first directly elected mayor of Geelong, serving in office between 2012-2013.
He was actively involved in a number of remote ministry initiatives, establishing the John Flynn Foundation in 2002 and serving as a board member of Frontier Services from 1986 to 2010.
Ocean Grove Uniting Church member Lyn Mulligan has also been honoured with an OAM. Ms Mulligan is an active member of Oxfam Ocean Grove, Rural Australians for Refugees, Bikes for Humanity, Bellarine Community Health and Girl Guides.
In Tasmania, Deloraine Uniting Church member Merrilyn Young received an OAM for services to the Deloraine community while retired Scotch Oakburn College teacher Jennifer Fraser was recognised for her work with young people through public speaking organisations.
Other Uniting Church members recognised this year include: Numurkah Uniting Church member Isobel Hodge for services to the community of Numurkah; Corner Inlet Parish chair Margaret Haycroft for services to the community of South Gippsland; Burwood Heights Uniting Church member Philip Bock for services to geology, marine biology, and to the community; Pakenham Uniting Church member Olive Elston for services to youth and the community; former St Leonard’s elder Ian Mence for services to Brighton and former Uniting Wyndham chief executive Carol Muir for services to social welfare through advocacy roles.