FIVE Monash identities have been recognised in this year’s Australia Day honours, including 84 year-old former chef and advisor to a generation of expatriate Indian home cooks, Krishna Arora.
Glen Waverley’s Professor Marilyn Renfree has been named an officer in the general division of the Order of Australia for her work in biology and contributions to the scientific community.
Monash University’s Gary Bouma was named a member in the general division of the Order of Australia and Mount Waverley’s John Adnams and Oakleigh South’s Brian Twite have been awarded an Order of Australia medal in the general division.
Mr Adnams has been recognised for his service towards the community, business and commerce.
Since retiring after almost 40 years as a banker, Mr Adnams has been using his financial expertise to advise small business owners. He has worked as a business mentor for the Victorian Bushfire Recovery Program, and the Monash Business Incubator Program in addition to being on the financial committee of the Girl Guides and the treasurer of Inner East Mental Health Service Association.
‘‘It’s a matter I think of giving back to the community,’’ Mr Adnams said. ‘‘The community gave me some good opportunities when I was in full time work and I was only too happy to share those experiences with other people down the line.’’
Glen Waverley’s Krishna Arora was awarded an Order of Australia medal for her service to the Indian community.
During the crisis of confidence in the Indian community over a series of attacks on its students she was the deputy director of community services at the Federation of Indian Associations of Victoria. In that role she provided support for a steady stream of students who found themselves distraught and scared.
‘‘I was so worried and I was so upset,’’ she said. ‘‘I was thinking of all the parents over there in India. It was the most difficult time of my life. I went to four funerals.’’
In addition to making regular cooking appearances at the annual Oakleigh Music Festival, she also contributes recipes to the Indian Voice newspaper. Ms Arora also created a hotline for confused cooks which had been a godsend for some newly arrived Indians who are lacking in culinary skills.
‘‘For a newly arrived person, it’s very, very important they get in contact with the right type of people who will be able to...tell them the little customs and traditions of Australia and get on with life.’’