Marion Lau – OAM , JP

September 24, 2014

An active community member, she currently holds the director positions at Doutta Galla Aged Care Services; the Royal Children’s Hospital Children’s Bioethics Centre Development Board; the Emergency Services Telecommunication Authority (ESTA); and is a member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee for Senior Victorians and the Policy Council of the Council on the Ageing. She is the President of the Chinese Community Society of Victoria; and Immediate Past President of the Chinese Health Foundation of Australia and Member of the Rotary Club of Glen Eira.

Marion also sits on a number of other NGO & Government Ministerial Committees. She is a qualified health services administrator, management consultant specialising in aged care, small business mentor and counsellor and a cross-cultural trainer.

Marion is a Justice of the Peace for Victoria, Previous People of Australia Ambassador, Australia Day Ambassador Victoria, and the Patron of the National Australian Chinese Women Association. Marion received an Order of Australia Award for her work with older Australians, and a Centenary Medal, for services to multiculturalism, and is on the Victorian Honour Roll for Women, and a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International.


Multi-lingual - Countless Benefits I was raised in a multi-racial country and environment where being multilingual is normal. Growing up, I attended a school run by Methodist missionaries, so English was the medium. However, our school mates came from different races and it was most natural for us to be multi-lingual when we speak with each other, and we understand it if others are talking about us. So, it was a challenge for me when I arrived in Australia to find that a large proportion of the community is mono-lingual. Communication is a significant factor in all aspects of life, and if we are unable to communicate with each other, we are greatly disadvantaged – economically as well as socially. So, in the spirit of ensuring that we are able to maintain a high quality of life, learning a second or third language should be one of our priorities. In the course of learning another language we have the added benefit of knowing more about the culture where that is spoken.

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