Australia’s Governor General Quentin Bryce (right) presents veterinarian Leanne Cale — daughter of Milo and Beth Cale of Brandon — with the country’s Public Service Medal for her work boosting the Australian livestock industry. (SUBMITTED)
A former Brandon woman has been awarded a top honour in Australia.
Leanne Cale received the Public Service Medal in the Queen’s Birthday 2012 Honours List for her major contribution to the Australian community and enhancement of Australia’s agricultural productivity and export trade.
A veterinarian, Cale was recognized for providing consistent outstanding service in the provision of animal quarantine and export services.
Presenting the award at a ceremony held at Government House, Australia’s Govenor General Quentin Bryce said Cale has demonstrated outstanding leadership within the Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and provided "excellence in service in achieving positive trade and biosecurity outcomes through working collaboratively with diverse groups of stakeholders."
Bryce went on to state that Cale has consistently performed a demanding job to the highest standards and, in doing so, has made a major contribution to Australian society.
The Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry also commended Cale, stating she has "consistently demonstrated a passion for, and commitment to, managing the biosecurity risks associated with imports and exports — and particularly those relating to live animals and genetic material—to ensure the sustainability of Australia’s agriculture and unique wildlife."
She is equally focused upon helping the Australian livestock industry to improve animal welfare along the entire livestock export supply chain for the benefit of the broader industry and the community.
Cale received letters of thanks and congratulations from various Australian dignitaries, including Prime Minister Julie Gillard.
The youngest daughter of Milo and Beth Cale, Leanne attended Brandon University before moving to Australia in 1991 to pursue a passion in the field of agriculture and veterinary science.
Combined with several years of working on Australian rural farms, Cale graduated from the University of Sydney with First Class Honours before embarking on a career in Australia’s Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry in 2001.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition February 28, 2013