Our Board Chairman, Terry Lawler receives an Order of Australia

27 January 2017

Life Without Barriers Chair, Terry Lawler - received an Order of Australia, as part of the 2017 Australia Day Honours. An unsung and quiet achiever worthy of this important accolade, Terry was recognised for 40 years of outstanding service to vulnerable communities.

Yesterday, our Chairperson  - Terry Lawler - received an Order of Australia, as part of the 2017 Australia Day Honours. An unsung and quiet achiever worthy of this important accolade, Terry was recognised for 40 years of outstanding service to vulnerable communities.

The Australian honours system recognises the actions and achievements of people who go above and beyond what could be reasonably expected, and in doing so, encourages national aspirations and ideals of the highest community standards and values. That is Terry Lawler.

A founding member of Life Without Barriers, in 1994 Terry was instrumental in bringing leaders of the Newcastle community together to form an organisation that truly valued and supported people with disability to live meaningful lives as part of their community. Ever since, Terry has guided LWB to break new ground in the development of services to vulnerable people that truly match their needs, and empower them to be part of their communities and in doing so has grown us to where we are today.

When asked about receiving this prestigious honour, Terry said:

“I am honored and humbled to be acknowledged, but I am a small cog in the Life Without Barriers wheel. It is as much about the acknowledgement of the work thousands of dedicated Life Without Barriers staff have done over the past two decades for vulnerable and disadvantage people as it is for me as their proud Chair.”

As a leader and visionary with an ability to engage those around him, as a person of integrity with a willingness to invest back in people, as a man of great intelligence and business acumen, and with an acute sense of social responsibility we congratulate Terry Lawler OA on his outstanding achievements that have led to this well-deserved honour. 

We are so proud to have Terry as our chairperson and advocate – well done Terry!