Victorian of the Year
The Victorian of the Year is an award given to the most outstanding Victorian in any given year. The Victorian of the year is awarded in Melbourne by the Victoria Day Council as part of Victoria Day celebrations on Victoria Day, 1 July annually.
The Victorian of the Year should not be confused with the Victorian winner of the Australian of the Year, awarded in Canberra by the Australia Day Council as part of Australia Day celebrations on 26 January annually. Often the same people are winners of both awards. However, only the Victoria Day award is nominated and voted by Victorians.
Other awards in the same series include the Young Victorian of the Year, Organisation of the Year, Good Corporate Citizen of the Year, The Arts Award and the Local Achiever.
List of winners
The following individuals and organisations have been a winner in various classes under the Victoria Day Awards:
|Year||Victorian of the Year||Young Victorian of the Year||Organisation of the Year||Good Corporate Citizen||Arts Award||Local achiever|
|1996||Michael Quinn ||Deanne Jakial|
|1997||Hugh Wirth AM||Lynn Costello||Country Fire Authority|
|1998||Andrew Kay||Richard Allen||Road Trauma Support Team (Vic) Inc||Visy Industries|
|1999||Sue Natrass||George Dukas||Surf Life Saving (Victoria)||Shannon's Corporation|
|2000||Susan Barton AM||Jesse Martin OAM||Anti-Cancer Council||Graeme Goldsworthy|
|2001||Neil Comrie AM, APM||Daniela Di Toro||Victorian Women's Prison Council
Disabled Motorists (Victoria)
|Bunnings Building Supplies||Jeanne Pratt AO|
|2002||Bruce Ruxton AM, OBE||Karen Chatto||Asthma Foundation||Ron Clarke||Margaret Rich|
|2003||Jim Stynes OAM||Hugh Evans||VicDeaf||Bendigo Bank||Royal South Street Society|
|2004||Tim Costello AO||Cameron Rahles-Rahbula||Lord Somers Camp||Toyota Australia||Adam Elliott|
|2005||Dame Elisabeth Murdoch AC, DBE||Lisa Castle||Aids, Hepatitis & Sexual Health Line||Jayco Australia||Victorian Youth Symphony Orchestra||Sergeant Gary Chandler (VICPOL)|
|2006||Les Twentyman AO||Eliza Stankovic||Lighthouse Foundation||Fantastic Limited|
|2007||Carrillo Gantner AO||Tom O'Connor||Try Youth and Community Services||TRUenergy|
|2008||Bert Newton AM, MBE||Daniel Adams||KIDS under cover||Royal Automobile Club of Victoria|
|2009||Ron Barassi AM||Thom Woodroofe||The Salvation Army||Ritchies Stores Pty Ltd|
|2010||Stephanie Alexander AO||Wesa Chau||Rescued With Love||mecu Ltd|
|2011||Father Bob Maguire AM, RFD||Amit Menghani||Country Women's Association||Incolink|
|2012||Moira Kelly AO||Victor Victor||Travellers Aid||Pitcher Partners|
|2013||Jeanne Pratt AC||Nicholle Hussey||Amaze (Autism Victoria)||Linfox||Dr Gerard Vaughan|
|2014||David Penington AC||Melissa Tumeo||Willing Older Workers||Qenos||Penny Hutchinson|
|2015||Judith Durham AO||Luba Josevski||Scope||Cabrini Health||Australian Tapestry Workshop|
|2016||Dr Alan Finkel AO||Khurram Jahangir Khan||St Kilda Mums||VicSuper||Bendigo Art Gallery|
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- "Professor Michael Quinn AM MBChB MGO MRCP (UK) FRANZCOG FRCOG CGO". Australian Gynaecological Cancer Foundation. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
- Farouque, Farah (15 March 2008). "Out to change the world". The Age. Australia. Retrieved 14 October 2012.
- Aisha Dow (1 July 2013). "Jeanne Pratt named Victorian of Year". The Age. Retrieved 1 July 2013.