Graeme, pictured with wife Therese and President Ash receiving an ACHPER National Honour Award, first joined the ACHPER WA Board in 1991 and, except for a year’s teaching exchange in Canada in 1993, held positions on the state and national boards continuously until August this year.
Graeme’s commitment and unconditional support for ACHPER and for the world of health and physical education spans 25 years from 1991 to the present. He has been an outstanding role model and excellent advocate to peers and members of various professional associations at both state and national level. His ongoing commitment to the education of young people in the values and attitudes that are essential to the promotion of healthy active lifestyles has been untiring. His efforts, energy and commitment over 25 years has helped to ensure the continued growth of ACHPER at both state and national levels.
At a national level Graeme has been imperative to defining governance structures from “old” ACHPER to “new’ governance and composition of ACHPER National Board. In a time of educative consultation nationally toward an Australian Curriculum for Health and Physical Education; Graeme has provided leadership and input from the ACHPER National Board and also led a well received national HPE curriculum forum prior to the 2013 ACHPER International Conference. This forum provided ACHPER with an opportunity to reinforce the brand as the peak association for supporting teachers and other professionals with any major developments from a national perspective.
Graeme has also overseen the transition of ACHPER National strategic directions through advice and vision on the Strategic plans 2014-16 & 2016-18. This has seen an association emphasis on four priorities; one being advocating for HPE and recreation outcomes. Graeme has been at the forefront of advocating for HPE, through involvement in Parliament House initiatives in conjunction with the Heart Foundation and National HPE Day. Graeme’s discussions with potential partnership have also been pivotal to ACHPER national partnerships; working with National Sporting Associations and offering insights to the Australian Sports Commission.
He is a distinguished and highly respected leader who has given meritorious and special service to many areas of focus for ACHPER and it is only fitting that he is bestowed a National Honour Award.
Congratulations Graeme from everyone in WA!