Posted by Jordan Grantham
on 30 January 2019
Marie Dorrington, Board Chair of St Michael's College, Henley Beach, was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia on Australia Day 2019 for her outstanding contribution to the community, notably through education and charitable works.
Marie was born and educated to the post-graduate level in Adelaide. Her roles in teaching, educational leadership and consulting have taken her around the world.
Principal of St Mary's College, Adelaide for more than 18 years, she became involved in Rotary after their support of St Mary's.
Her distinguished education record includes service as Senior Education Advisor, Catholic Education South Australia, 2004-2007, Chair, Catherine MacAuley School, Craigmore, mid 2000s, Chair, Association of Principals of Catholic Secondary Schools, 1992 and Deputy Principal roles at Nailsworth Hgh School and Findon High School.
Marie made many contributions to Rotary District 9500, variously serving as Governor, member of the Assistant Governor Group, Chair of the Rotary Leadership Institute, Management Committee, District Membership Development Committee, Learning and Development Committee, President of multiple Rotary Clubs and Board Member of Interplast Australia and New Zealand, a partnership of Rotary and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
Marie was a Board Member of the Lasallian Mission Council, District of Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan and Papua New Guinea from 2013 - 2017.
According to the Rotary9500 website, Marie and husband Ken Dorrington have two children, children in law and three grandchildren, with whom they love spending time. They also share an interest in reading, travel, football and gardening.
Marie has been "Long passionate about ensuring that an opportunity is given to all people of all ages, cultures and geographical areas to be healthy, active, cared for and creative members of a peaceful, sustainable and productive society."