Marelle Thornton appointed an Officer to the Order of Australia
It was announced yesterday that former President and Chairman of Cerebral Palsy Alliance Marelle Thornton AM was appointed as an Officer to the Order of Australia (AO) for her outstanding achievements and service.
As mother to Katie, a 39 year old daughter living with cerebral palsy, Mrs Thornton AO has dedicated most of her life to people with cerebral palsy and their families.
With the announcement Mrs Thornton AO reflected on what had been achieved by Cerebral Palsy Alliance and the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation (“Research Foundation”).
“This has been a journey shared with many. I’ve been surrounded by committed and talented people who have the skills and strategy to bring vision to reality, and to build roadmaps that are shaping the future,” she said.
“Together we have been at the forefront of therapy and research, as we continue to challenge assumptions and improve treatments.
“And we’ve been progressing our founder’s vision of “nothing is impossible” with the formation of the Research Foundation.
“Professor Nadia Badawi AM, Macquarie Group Foundation Chair of Cerebral Palsy and Cerebral Palsy Alliance CEO, Rob White and their amazing teams have put cerebral palsy research under the international spotlight, and the results have been ground breaking.”
Mrs Thornton AO said that the Research Foundation and Research Institute had incredibly talented researchers who were leaders in their fields.
“International collaborations have been formed and for the first time, the best cerebral palsy research minds the world over are working hand in hand to find the answers around how to best treat, prevent and cure cerebral palsy,” she said.
“As a result, we’ve seen the number of children born each year with cerebral palsy begin to reduce, early detection improved, and new treatments and technology discovered that further independence and help individuals achieve their dreams.
“It’s an honour to receive this prestigious appointment and I hope its announcement will highlight cerebral palsy and vital research around the condition as collectively we strive to make a real difference.
“Special mention should be made of Professor Iona Novak and Dr Sarah McIntyre of Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s Research Institute. Their purpose and passion have been integral to the journey.”
Cerebral Palsy Alliance President Paul Masi welcomed the announcement and reflected on Marelle’s legacy.
“Marelle was a board member at Cerebral Palsy Alliance for 31 years. She has spearheaded many of the committees, driving growth and support for the cerebral palsy community.
“Her outstanding leadership, wise council and extraordinary insight have taken the organisation and our Research Foundation from strength to strength.
“She has given thousands of hours to Cerebral Palsy Alliance, those living with a disability in our community and their families.”