Rotary International’s Paul Harris Fellow recognition is an appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the continuance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world.

Last week at Sale Rotary Club’s changeover dinner, Gippsland Grammar Early Learning Centre director Lisa Burgess was awarded the Paul Harris Fellow medal.

Mrs Burgess has been involved in community volunteer organisations for all of her adult life, alongside her professional work advocating for early childhood, including 19 years as director of Gippsland Grammar ELCs in Sale and Bairnsdale.

The proud recipient said that since joining the Rotary Club of Sale, she had been involved in the initial committee of the Seed Community Garden and had organised events recognising International Women’s Day.

“I currently serve as the youth director for the club and have been involved in a number of initiatives including starting the Rotary Young Leader Awards for secondary schools, involvement in the Rotary Youth Leader Award and recently raising money for the Empowering Girls project in Bangladesh,” Mrs Burgess said.

“I was surprised and honoured to receive the Paul Harris Fellow award.”

Principal Leisa Harper congratulated Mrs Burgess on the great achievement and thanked her for everything she does at Gippsland Grammar.

“It is a prestigious award throughout the world in Rotary and is given for a member’s substantial contribution to its humanitarian and educational programs,” Ms Harper said.

“Lisa, congratulations on behalf of the school on your award.

“The list of your contributions was extensive and broad as well as having a positive impact on our local community.”