A highlight of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders Victoria Branch is the annual celebration and presentation of awards. ACEL VIC honours those educational leaders who in the view of their peers have made a significant contribution to the understanding and practice of educational leadership.

Coralee Pratt, President of ACEL VIC and the Victorian Branch Executive are proud to announce the 2021 ACEL VIC award winners.


ACEL VIC Hedley Beare Educator of the Year Award:
Prof. Sandra Milligan

ACEL VIC Brian Caldwell Research Award:
Ass. Prof. Mark Rickinson

ACEL VIC Debbie Locco Leadership Award:
Kristen Douglas

ACEL VIC Media Award:
Adam Carey

ACEL VIC Fellowship:
Hilary Bland
Leah Eekelschot
Nicola Forrest
Gail Hardman
Wayne Haworth
Susan Just
Jill Lange-Mohr OAM
Warren McLeod
Daniel Pinchas
Paul Sedunary

As we celebrate the achievements of these outstanding educational leaders, ACEL VIC also acknowledges the contributions their colleagues have made in supporting the awardees and their leadership. Without teams who actively collaborate and encourage educational excellence, inspirational and strategic driven leadership is not possible. Awards are presented to individuals; however, the leadership teams and colleagues of all awardees should be proud of the collective achievements which are also acknowledged by ACEL VIC.

The ACEL VIC Awards Committee would also like to take this opportunity to thank all our educational leaders across Victoria. We thank you for your commitment to our learning communities; your direction, inspiration and encouragement have been significant these past two years and has provided a guiding light for so many. For your unwavering direction and confidence in moving forward, we are all sincerely grateful.

We wish everyone all the very best for the remainder of 2021 and look forward to the possibilities 2022 will provide all educators.

ACEL VIC Awards Committee.
Sue Buckley, Lauren Cook, Melissa Etherton, Gail Major and Toni Meath.