AusCham is delighted to learn that Karen Leonard, founder of the Hoi An-based NGO, Lifestart Foundation, was awarded the Order of Australia Medal on 26 January 2017.

On behalf of all members, sponsors, stakeholders and friends, we sincerely congratulate Karen.

Karen received the Order of Australia Medal “for service to international humanitarian organisations“.

The Order of Australia is the principal and most prestigious means of recognising outstanding members of the community at a national level and nominations are encouraged from all members of the Australian public.

The Lifestart Foundation is a grassroots, not-for-profit charity that helps disadvantaged Vietnamese people and their families to become self-sufficient. Founded in 2000 by Australian Karen Leonard and supported by a team of dedicated volunteers, the Foundation applies a holistic approach to helping those in need through proven working programs and initiatives which are designed to effect a generational change.

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