Mrs. Lewis received the honour for her role in the establishment and operation of the Newman Women’s Shelter; offering protection and comfort to hundreds of women and children in Newman whose lives have been affected by domestic violence and alcohol and drug abuse.
"For 20 years, Maggie’s personal dedication to the centre has done more than just provide crisis accommodation – it has played a pivotal role in helping transform and even save the lives of many unfortunate women, children and men of the East Pilbara," said Shire President Lynne Craigie.
"The people of the East Pilbara owe a debt of thanks to Maggie for her service to the Newman’s Women Shelter. To do the work she does requires someone with powerful resilience, courage, and most of all, sincere care for others. Not many people could do what Maggie Lewis does – she is an extraordinary Australian and so we are thrilled that she has been been honoured as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM)," she added.
Mrs Lewis was also recently honoured by the Shire of East Pilbara at the 2018 Reconciliation Ball for her outstanding commitment to Reconciliation in the East Pilbara over many years.
The Order of Australia is the principal and most prestigious means of recognising outstanding members of the community at a national level. Only 340 Australians are recognised with an Member of the Order of Australia (AM) each year.