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The Convocation Medal is presented to members of Convocation who have made a significant and sustained contribution to Convocation, the University and the community.

Medal Awards

2017 Lesley Ann Cala

Clinical Professor Lesley Ann Cala was recognised as a wonderfully dedicated contributor to life and achievement at the University of Western Australia - a person who has given tirelessly, as a professional and volunteer for many decades. It is fair to say that organisations such as this university are dependent on a great team effort from its entire staff but also on those individuals who add even more by dedicating many voluntary hours beyond their paid duty.
Clinical Professor Cala has been a long term member of the academic staff at this university at the same time as she has dedicated many voluntary hours, days, months and years to the University's and her ideals. She strongly believes that education is the key to eradicating poverty and eliminating conflict and has exerted that belief applying her vast community experience while working with an impressive personal network developed through membership of key organisations at the University and a broad and diverse life as a health professional.
Not satisfied she had done enough through her dedication to thirty years of teaching, research and practice within this university, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and Princess Margaret Hospital, Professor Lesley Ann Cala also gave fifteen years to the University as a member of Senate, always with that deep understanding of what is right and how to do it well. There she was a constant advocate for her ideals. When her time ran out on Senate, she committed to another challenge, dedicating her time and efforts to Convocation Council, where she has served tirelessly as a Councillor since 2010, including chairing the Awards Committee for three years.
Lesley Cala is an eminent health professional, a specialist neuroradiologist of the highest order, who worked clinically at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital for nearly forty years until 2000. She has held the title of Clinical Professor at UWA since 1991, held posts with several other prestigious universities and has contributed to international research, especially focussing on stroke in more recent years.
Aside from her outstanding career in medicine Lesley is a champion of women's interests where she is a past Vice President and Health Adviser for the National Council of Women, Australia. She served on the International Council for Women for ten years and has advised on International Relations and Peace.
Locally Lesley is a Life Member and has been Advisor for Health with Graduate Women WA Inc. She has advised the WA Minister for Women's Interests and is an Honorary Life Member of the National Council of Women (WA).
Lesley epitomises how to commit to and achieve your life's goals, while giving strongly to others so their lives also may also be improved.
As a graduate of this University and proud member of the Convocation of the University of Western Australia she is a deserving recipient of the Convocation Medal.

2016 Trea Wiltshire

Ms Trea Wiltshire journalist, author and friend of Convocation 1993 – 2016

Convocation honoured a special individual who has for 23 years worked with Convocation and many Wardens, reporting  news, events and activities about UWA, its staff, students and graduates. Convocation has always placed a high priority on communicating with its 70,000 graduate members. As Editor and journalist of Uniview, UWA’s award-winning flagship publication, since its inception in 1993, Ms Trea Wiltshire has been an integral part of both the University's and Convocation’s efforts to communicate the value and significance of UWA’s role as the State’s premier higher-education institution.
An experienced, ethical and committed professional writer of the highest standards, Trea's contribution to the greater understanding of science, engineering, literature, the arts and medicine, in fact all aspects of university life, have earned her great respect. Her capacity to explain in clear concise language the most technical and complex matters has endeared her to readers. They have enjoyed her in depth articles on research and researchers, as well as UWA's academic and professional staff  Indeed, in a recent survey more than two-thirds of recipients of Uniview indicated that they read and valued the hard copy magazine.
Under Trea's stewardship, the magazine has earned many national and state Tertiary Publications Awards presented by the Association of Development and Alumni Professionals in Education (ADAPE) and it has also been a joint winner of the Alex Harris Memorial Award for Science and the Environment.
Born in China, Trea grew up in Africa, studied at Rhodes University, South Africa, then began a career journalism in the United Kingdom before relocating to Hong Kong. Trea arrived at the height of the Cultural Revolution when the border with China had closed, riots engulfed the city, and Maoist marchers seriously worried local Chinese. Hong Kong was filled with wonderful contrasts - one minute Trea was covering a fashion show in the Hong Kong Hilton, the next interviewing a refugee family in a squatter shack. Trea went from reporting for the English language South China Morning Post and Editing features for the Sunday Post Herald in Hong Kong, to editing in flight magazines for Malaysian Airlines, Singapore Airlines and Thai International, and writing the first of many books.
Since her arrival in WA as a freelance journalist in the early 1970s, Trea has built a strong journalistic reputation within the community as Editor of ARTIFACTS, the journal of the Cultural Development Council;  Arts Editor of The Western Mail newspaper; Publicist for the WA Ballet Company; Editor of WA Ballet News; Publicist for the WA Museum;Editor of the publication "Your Museum"; Perth correspondent for Vogue Living; freelance travel writer for Cathay Pacific’s "Discovery" magazine, the Sheraton Hotel’s Marco Polo Sojourn, the Hong Kong Tatler, and the Far East Traveller.
It is the view of Convocation Council that Trea Wiltshire’s significant contribution to Convocation and also the University as a whole over more than two decades warrants substantial recognition. Ms Trea Wiltshire was therefore presented with a Convocation Medal at the 2016 First Ordinary Meeting of Convocation.

Her published works include:

Books published by FormAsia, HongKong (
Hong Kong, An Impossible Journey Through History
Seychelles, Islands in the Sun
Old Hong Kong
(1987) Winner, Best Book Award, Hong Kong
Echoes of Old China
(1990) Hong Kong Design Award
Last Prize of the Empire
(1991) Winner, Best Book Award
Saturday’s Child
(l992), co-authored with Lynn Pan
Encounters with China
Old Hong Kong
(1997) three-volume edition to mark Hong Kong handover
Angkor, The Celestial Cities of the Khmer Empire
Bamboo, the great provider
A Place in the Hills, Darlington’s first fifty years
(1998) self-published
Wine Regions of Australia: Margaret River
(2000) Ian Lloyd Publications, Singapore
Gone to Rottnest
(2004) UWA Press

2016 Neil Donaldson

Neil Donaldson was honoured for his immense contribution to the University Football Club over the past 62 years.  He has committed amazing service to the University and the many students and graduates he has coached, mentored and supported in so many other ways.
Neil Donaldson became involved in amateur football with the University Football Club in 1954 when he enrolled in Chemistry at UWA.  While studying he was club Secretary with University, which was part of the Metropolitan Football Association from 1954 to 1960, before being elected as the club's Vice President.
His UWA studies continued as Neil sought his ideal course, switching from Chemistry to Geology and Maths, then to Economics and Economic History. However, his career called and he left UWA one third year unit short of completion. That did not dampen his enthusiastic association with the University Football Club.
He was elected University Club President in 1963 and coached the club's inaugural C Grade team.  He held the Presidential role until 1965.  He coached the club's new D Grade team from 1964 to 1968.
In 1968, nearly fifty years ago, Neil's 252 games and tireless efforts for University were acknowledged as he was honoured with Life Membership of the University Football Club.     
However, Donaldson biggest legacy is as coach and mentor.  From 1969 to 1971, and again from 1973 to 1974 and 1976 he coached University’s A Colts. In 1972, he coached the club’s A Grade. He led University teams to seven consecutive grand finals, winning premierships in 1969, 1970, 1971, 1974 and 1976. In 1975, he took a year off from coaching, and was an A Grade selector and Team Manager.In 1956, Donaldson became the University delegate to the WAAFL.  In 1971 he joined the inaugural WAAFL Management Committee, a position he remained in until 1979.
In both 1964 and 1967, Donaldson was the WAAFL State Team Runner.  In 1970, he was a State Team Selector and Carnival Director for the Australian Amateur Football Council Carnival in Perth.
In 1971 and 1972 Donaldson was WAAFL State Team Manager.
He was a WAAFL State Team Selector in 1971, 1972 and 1975 and was the Chairman of Selectors in 1976 and 1978.
The WAAFL bestowed Life Membership on Donaldson in 1972.
His efforts continued to be recognised as he was awarded National Football Council Merit Award for services to amateur football in 1990.  In 2000, Neil was awarded an Australian Sports Medal from the Australian Government, and in 2003 was awarded AFL Recognition to Volunteers of Australian football. 
In 2012, Donaldson was honoured with WA Football Commission Life Membership.  In 2014, he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his service to Australian Rules football in WA.
The WAAFL thanked Neil for his efforts in 2014, celebrating his 60th year of involvement with WA amateur football by inducting him into the Hall of Champions as a Champion.Throughout all of this time he has been the heart and soul of the University Football Club, the "Green Machine", probably the most successful AFL football club in Australia. His legendary status is well recorded in Jim Wieland's anecdotal history of the club, referred to as a drinking club with a football problem. Neil has probably contributed more than anyone to solve that problem. He has never been absent and continues today encouraging, guiding and supporting his beloved UFC.
It is the view of Convocation Council that Neil Donaldson's significant contribution to Convocation and the University over more than six decades warrants substantial recognition. 
Neil Donaldson was then presented with the Convocation Medallion for his contribution to the University and the wider community.

2014 Terry Larder

Terry Larder commenced working for the University of Western Australia in early 1988.  His first position was in the Records section of Archives, where developed his thirst for knowledge of the history of the University.  At the end of 1988 Terry transferred to the Vice-Chancellery, where he became General Assistant to the then Vice-Chancellor, Professor Fay Gale.
 In 1991 he was offered the position of Alumni Officer in what was then the Alumni Office.  This was the beginning of his invaluable involvement with the graduate community. 
 In 1999, due to his knowledge of the University and to his strong links with graduates, Terry was chosen to be the Co-ordinator of the new Visitors’ Information Centre.  A position he continues to hold. 
It has often been said that Terry is the ‘public face’ of the University, and the Visitors’ Centre is most frequently the first point of contact on campus for the general public.  As well as managing the Visitors’ Centre Terry co-ordinates and supervises a team of ‘graduate volunteers’, who give their time to help in the Centre.
 Terry has been the principal organiser for numerous international and national alumni events and from time to time he has written pieces for the Uniview magazine. 
 At those times when Rita Clarke, editor of the Convocation pages in Uniview, is not available to prepare the material for Uniview, Terry willingly gives his assistance to the extent of writing and editing material and laying out the pages.Terry is always present at Ordinary meetings, where he helps to welcomes graduates, a great many of whom he knows by name.  He often acts as Convocation’s official photographer – all in his own time, and he is always on the lookout for information that can help Convocation keep abreast of what is going on and keep its records up to date.
 Mrs Jane Green, a graduate volunteer at the Centre, says of Terry that he ‘brings great energy and enthusiasm to his job and this is displayed in his constant willingness to not only assist the visitors to the University, but to assist his volunteers and fellow staff.  He is generous both with his time and his vast knowledge of the University.’
 I would add that it is this very same willingness and generosity of spirit which he offers to the Council and the membership of Convocation that make him a more than worthy candidate for of membership of Convocation itself - a body to which he has given so much.
 Chancellors, Vice-Chancellors and many others in the hierarchy have found Terry to be an invaluable resource when seeking information on the University from its earliest beginnings to the present day.  Although Ken cannot be here this evening, when he was Chancellor, Dr Ken Michael was always fulsome in his praise of Terry and his vast store of institutional knowledge.

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