Tireless service to people with a disability has seen Rockhampton team member Des Ryan honoured with one of the country’s most prestigious awards.

As wild weather swept over much of the State last Saturday, Governor General Quentin Bryce announced the 2013 Australia Day honours list from Canberra – recognising 425 men and 146 women for their outstanding achievements and/or service.

Named as Member of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the General Division, Des was recognised for his outstanding commitment to the service of people with a disability, due to his activities and positions including:

Spinal Injuries Association

President from 1999 – 2006

Vice President 1996

Board member 1995 – current

Networks Facilitator for Rockhampton

Rockhampton Regional Council’s Access and Equity Program


Access Recreation

Committee member and President 1990 – 2004

Life member

Home Support Association

Inaugural President 1992 – 1998

Abled Disabled

Founder 1994

Capricornia Respite Care Association

Founding Member 1988 – 1992

Central Queensland Regional Vocational Education and Training Roundtable

Founding member and Chairman 1992 – 1998.

Des’s phenomenal commitment to his community and advocacy has also seen the recent expansion of his role with Community Solutions. As Client Relations Ambassador, Des is currently expanding on his skills and experience to provide increased support to our clients across all service streams and regions, and provide further linkages and strengthen relationships between Community Solutions and the local community.

Managing Director David Curd has expressed congratulations on behalf of the Board, management and staff: “Des, the team at ComSol are incredibly proud of you, your exceptional achievements and well-deserved recognition. You are a fantastic ambassador for our organisation and your community, and a tremendous advocate and role model for people with a disability. Congratulations and well done from us all.”