OzChild’s Chief Executive Officer Lisa J. Griffiths has been acknowledged for her significant service to the people of Victoria during the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires.
Lisa was presented with the National Emergency Medal at a recent meeting of the OzChild Board by the Metropolitan Fire Brigade’s Acting Chief Officer, Paul Stacchino.
The National Emergency Medal is an operational service medal which recognises significant or sustained service to others in a nationally significant emergency. It was first presented in 2012. The 2009 Victorian bushfires, the 2010-2011 Queensland floods, and Cyclone Yasi have been declared nationally significant emergencies for the purpose of the Medal.
Lisa was the Director of Community Safety with the Country Fire Authority (CFA) during the period that included the bushfires and the subsequent Royal Commission. She was instrumental in forming the CFA’s response to the tragedy and implementing policy reforms. Lisa also made significant contributions to land use reform during her time.
Lisa said she felt very privileged to receive the award.
“I am really humbled to be honoured with this award,” Lisa said.
“It was a terrible time for the people of Victoria. I was fortunate to work with so many committed people at the CFA who worked tirelessly to respond to the worst bushfire disaster in Victoria.”
President of the OzChild Board Helen Maxwell-Wright said Lisa was an inspiration to all those who worked with her.
“We are indeed fortunate to have a leader with such depth of passion, integrity and experience in building community safety – for that is what Lisa is doing for children and young people too,’ Helen said.
Lisa joined OzChild as Chief Executive Officer in February 2014 from WorkSafe Victoria where she held the role of General Manager of Health and Safety. Lisa has had an international executive career working in the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom with over 30 years of direct experience in the NFP and government sectors. While in the United States, Lisa was the Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director of two child and family charities, and truly believes “that today’s Children are tomorrow’s leaders”.