Maria Peters, former CEO of Chisholm Institute, was presented with the prestigious Corporate Citizen of the Year Award 2017 at the City of Greater Dandenong Australia Day Awards on Friday 26 January.  The Award acknowledges Maria’s long-term commitment to voluntary and philanthropic work in the community and the positive contribution she has made to enriching the lives of others.

Maria has long been involved in the revitalisation of the City of Greater Dandenong, actively participating in development boards, supporting industry training for local companies and supporting community agencies.

"Maria has always regarded herself as a custodian of the future.  This award is further recognition of her passion in making a difference," said Chisholm Institute’s Acting CEO, Grant Radford.

Her work at Chisholm Institute and in the wider community has consistently displayed her commitment to creating meaningful outcomes for local residents - from supporting the operation of the South East Melbourne Manufacturers Alliance (SEMMA) at a local level to her contribution at a state level to the Premier’s Task Force into Family Violence Prevention.

Maria’s commitment to vocational education and its impact on the community extends broader than her role as CEO of Chisholm Institute.  As a recipient of the Lynne Kosky Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2017 Victorian Training Awards, Maria was recognised for leading significant educational innovation within the VET sector aimed at improving participation and ensuring strong student and industry outcomes.

The Australia Day Awards have been a tradition for the City of Greater Dandenong for over 20 years. Held at Dandenong Park, the Award presentation is part of the Council’s festival celebrating Australia Day.

Selected by an independent community panel, honours were presented in seven categories including Citizen of the Year; Young Leader of the Year; Volunteer of the Year; Leadership Award; Multicultural Award; Sportsperson of the Year; and Corporate Citizen of the Year Award.