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Perth Latter-day Saint Honoured with ‘Member of the Order of Australia’ Award

Keith Chapman, a recent recipient of a “Member of the Order of Australia” award, says his faith has helped him throughout his life.

In 1970 Mr Chapman was a founding member of the Association for the Advancement of Brain Injured Children. 

“Among the most satisfying experiences of my life,” he says, “have been those involving my service in the disability sector, which came about after the birth of our fifth child, a daughter, Sarah, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy as an infant.”

Mr Chapman is also a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

“One of the factors which have influenced me most,” he says, “has been my membership in the Church. It has taught me, among other things, that I am a child of God with divine potential. I have learned that if you turn your life over to God, He can make much more of it than you could alone.”

Mr Chapman says his work, which has spanned the last 40 years, has broadened his view of the challenges faced by individuals and families whose lives have been affected by disability.

He adds, “My life has afforded me opportunities to receive excellent educational training in both accounting and law. Subsequently I have been blessed to fill many positions of trust in both the public and private sector. I am honoured to receive this award.”

Mr Chapman and his wife Mrs Karen Chapman currently serve as volunteer group leaders in one of the Church’s 12 step addiction recovery programs.

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