Queen’s Birthday Honors List 2022: 20 Greek Australians recognized for their contribution


The Governor-General today announced honors to 992 Australians, including 669 in the General Division of the Order of Australia, and awards for Meritorious, Distinguished and Distinguished Service. Among those honored were 20 outstanding Greek Australians in the fields of philanthropy, medicine, community service and the arts.

“On behalf of all Australians, I congratulate the Australians recognized in today’s honors list,” said David Hurley.

“Recipients share certain common traits, including selflessness, excellence and commitment to service. They come from different backgrounds, their stories are each unique, and each has served in different ways. This diversity is a strength and everyone has had an impact on their community and made it better.

“For that, we thank them and today we celebrate them. Collectively, the winners, whose achievements span community service, science and research, industry, sport, the arts and more, represent the best of Australia,” he added.

In addition to the Order of Australia’s 669 General Division award recipients (8 AC, 33 AO, 200 AM and 428 OAM), today’s list of honors includes:

  • 37 recipients of awards in the Military Division of the Order of Australia (1 AC, 2 AO, 16 AM and 18 OAM)
  • 201 meritorious awards
  • 85 distinguished and notable awards

It should be mentioned that in 2022, 45.9% of General Division awards went to women. A significant 43.6% of General Division awards are for community service while 92 Australians were recognized for their contributions in support of Australia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic (these recipients will be added on the COVID-19 Honor Roll).

“The Order of Australia belongs to all Australians. In addition to the characteristics of selflessness, excellence and service, each recipient of the Order has something else in common: someone took the time to nominate them for recognition,” added the Governor General Hurley.

“Please consider nominating an outstanding individual from your community for recognition. The Order belongs to each of us and we all have a role to play. The only way a person can be recognized by the Order of Australia is if someone names them.

If there are other Greek Australians not listed below, please contact Neos Cosmos via [email protected]

Greek Australians recognized for their contribution in 2022:


  • Christopher ByronLeptos [AO] -Victoria. Mr. Leptos was awarded in the Officer (AO) category of the General Division of the Order of Australia for his distinguished service to the not-for-profit sector through his leadership and philanthropic support, to the public sector and to education.
  • Andreas George Andrianopoulos [AM] -Victoria. Mr Andrianopoulos was recognized as a Member (AM) of the General Division of the Order of Australia for his significant service to business and philanthropy.
Professor Joy Damousi. Photo: Supplied
  • Professor Joy Damousi [AM] -Victoria. Pr was recognized as a Member (AM) of the General Division of the Order of Australia for her significant service to social sciences and humanities, history and higher education.
  • Christina Efthymiades [AM] –NSW. Ms. Efthymiades is a multi-talented woman. When not teaching Greek Dance at The Nassibian Dancers, she serves as Board Director for St Nectarios Greek Orthodox Parish and Burwood Community, as well as Public Relations and Communications for Laconic. He has worked closely with the Hematology Clinical Research Unit at Concord Repatriation General Hospital and was Director of the Foundation for A Bloody Great Cause.
Professor Peter Anastase Gerangelos. Photo: Supplied
  • Professor Peter Anastase Gerangelos [AM] –NSW. Mr. Gerangelos, Professor of Constitutional Law and Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, was recognized as a Member (AM) of the General Division of the Order of Australia for his significant services to higher legal education, in particular constitutional law and professional training. organisms. Mr Gerangelos is also the first Greek Australian to be appointed as a Professor at the Sydney Law School at the University of Sydney (USYD).
Christina Despoteris. Photo: Supplied
  • Christina Despoteris [OAM] -Victoria. Ms. Depoteris has been recognized for her work within the Greek community and at large in promoting Greek culture and traditions, the Greek language, Greek music and dance and of course Greek history . Over the years Over the years she has been involved at the leadership level with the Lemnian Community of Victoria, the Thessaloniki Association, the Speak Greek in March Campaign and the Victorian Committee of the Fred Hollows Foundation. Ms. Despoteris is currently Vice-Chair of Sister Cities Australia and Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee, Executive Member of the Melbourne Royal Art, Craft & Cookery Committee and George Devine Treloar Memorial Committee, and Honorary Member of Merimna Pontion Kyrion. Oceania. In the past, she has also participated in the Greek Festival, All Nations Festival, Expovin and International 3AK Month.

The long-time collaborator of Neos Cosmos said: “I am honored and extremely proud to receive the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) as announced in the Queen’s Birthday Honors List 2022. I was blessed to have had a very rewarding career and exceptional relationships with all the groups and organizations I have had the pleasure of working with over the years. I have partnered with many amazing and talented people, not just in our community, but in the wider Australian community. It has been my privilege to work with them.

“I came to Australia with my parents at a very young age from Alexandria in Egypt, not knowing a word of English…Working for the Victorian Government for many years and through my work with the community I have developed extensive experience in event management, protocol, media, marketing and public relations I have coordinated and presented numerous events, both in Australia and Greece, including art exhibitions, conferences international events, national day celebrations, commemorative events, photography exhibitions, and have worked on royal and state visits as well as building relationships with sister schools.

In everything I’ve done, I’ve been a strong believer in creating, developing, and establishing things that will leave a legacy for future generations.

Dr. Stefanos Herodotus. Picture: Facebook
  • Dr Stephanos Herodotou [OAM] -Victoria. Dr Herodotou was awarded a Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division for his services to medicine and to the Victoria Cypriot community. The Dr was a Consultant Emergency Physician at Northern Hospital Melbourne and is also an Honorary Lecturer at the University of Melbourne Medical School.
  • Helena Kyriazopoulos [OAM] – South Australia. Ms. Kyriazopoulos, CEO of the Multicultural Communities Council of SA (MCCSA), has championed CALD communities with a focus on the rights of people with disabilities, older people and their caregivers and has published several journal and research articles.
Helena Kyriazopoulos. Photo: Supplied
  • Felicia Leonardos [OAM] -Victoria. Ms Leonardos has been recognized for her service to the Greek community in Victoria, having been President of the Brotherhood of Evia Evripos for the past 26 years and a Christmas carol organizer with the Greek Archdiocese of Melbourne since 1993. Her contribution includes the foundation’s fundraising committee for Rubella Children in Victoria.
  • Pierre Mercoulia [OAM] -Victoria. Mr. Mercoulia has been recognized for his service to the Greek community of Victoria as AHEPA State Chair since 2019.
  • Con Pavlou [OAM] –NSW. Mr Pavlou has been recognized for his service to the multicultural community of NSW as well as his work supporting the greater Greek community.
With Pavlu. Picture: Facebook
  • Steven Stefanopoulos [OAM] -Victoria. Mr. Stefanopoulos has served as mayor and volunteer in his community.
  • Nicholas Papazahariakis [OAM] – South Australia. Mr. Papazahariakis was awarded an Order of Australia medal for his service to the South Australian hospitality industry for over 30 years.
  • Cities of Sydney [OAM] – South Australia. M. was recognized in the General Division for his service to emergency response organizations.


  • Argiri Alisandratos [PSM & COVID-19 Honour Roll] -Victoria. Mr. Alisandratos was awarded the Public Service Medal (PSM) and named to the COVID-19 Honor Roll for outstanding public service to the community, especially to Victoria’s most vulnerable.
  • Joanne Tide Stampalia [PSM] – Western Australia. Ms Stampalia has been recognized for her outstanding public service in the operational reform and modernization of the courts and tribunals of Western Australia.
  • Detective Sergeant Scott Andrew Mellis [APM] – Federal. Mr. Mellis was awarded an Australian Police Medal (APM) in recognition of his distinguished service, particularly in the area of ​​cybercrime operations and his predecessors.
Inspector Andrew Markakis. Photo: Supplied
  • Inspector Andrew Markakis [APM] -Victoria. Mr. Markakis received an APM for serving the community as an exemplary police officer for over 21 years.
  • Sergeant Kylie Maree Velios [APM] – Western Australia. Ms. Velios has held a variety of positions across the state of Western Australia with distinction, particularly in the area of ​​Family and Domestic Violence (FDV), where she led a number of significant change initiatives.


  • Lieutenant Colonel Paul John Bellas [Australian Army]. Mr. Bellas has been recognized for his meritorious achievements in organizational management reform in the Australian Army.

More information about the Order of Australia is available at www.gg.gov.au.


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