Beverley Orr OAM

Foster carer and community worker

ACTNomineeSenior Australian of the Year2021

For over 30 years, Beverley Orr OAM has made a significant contribution to child protection. She has been a foster carer of more than 300 children and provided support and counselling to countless others in her work as a therapeutic counsellor.

Beverley is a passionate advocate for marginalised and vulnerable children, working to improve their quality of life and outcomes through her involvement with the Australian Foster Care Association, Families Australia, and the National Plan for the Protection of Australia’s Children.

Beverley has been a Girl Guide Leader for approximately 30 years, holding leadership roles at local, regional and national levels. Her involvement with the YMCA saw her become the youngest person to be awarded life membership of the YMCA Sailing Club at age 28.

Beverley has been recognised at state and national levels for her community sector work. She was awarded ACT Woman of the Year twice and received an Order of Australia Medal in 2009.