CANCER researcher Professor Chris Parish was named Canberrra Citizen of the Year in a ceremony today.Prof Parish is Head of the Cancer and Vascular Biology Group in the Department of Immunology, within the ANU’s John Curtin School of Medical Research, where he has undertaken ground-breaking research for over 40 years and been a mentor to countless research students who have chosen to study cancer treatment.
Chief Minister Katy Gallagher presented the award and said Professor Parish was being recognised for his contribution to the research community and the ACT health system.
“It would be unusual to come across anyone in our community who has not been personally touched by cancer,” Ms Gallagher said.
“The dedicated work of researchers such as Professor Parish has helped build Canberra’s reputation as a centre for excellence in medical research, and in a direct way will ultimately help to improve the quality of life of cancer sufferers both locally and across the globe.”
Prof Parish is the 38th Canberra Citizen of the Year.
The Chief Minister also acknowledged 227 individuals and 11 groups that received nominations for the Canberra Gold Group Award, which was introduced in 2005.
“The individuals and organisations that we are recognising today have lived in the ACT or been established here for more than fifty years and have all made significant contributions to our community,” she said.
“This year they include groups such as the Canberra Royals Rugby Club; St Edmunds College and Hartley Lifecare as well as the Greek Orthodox Community and the Taxi Industry.
“I would like to thank all these organisations on behalf of Canberrans for their contribution to the city we live in and enjoy today.”