Australia’s Prime Minister Anthony Albanese met with Alexandra Vakitsidis OAM during his ministerial trip to Adelaide, South Australia, in September.
According to an Instagram post by the Greek Orthodox Community of Port Adelaide, the Prime Minister made contact with the Federal Minister for Health, Mark Butler, in order to organise a personal meeting with Ms Vakitsidis and commend her for her service to the Greek community.
Ms Vakitsidis received an Order of Australia on Australia Day this year. At the time, she told The Greek Herald it was an honour to be recognised for her service to Adelaide’s Greek community.
“It’s good when someone recognises you and a lot of people afterwards can think of doing what you did to help others too,” she said.
Ms Vakitsidis was born in Lemos, Prespa in the Florina region of Greece and came to Australia at the age of 17. She is a member of the Greek and Greek Cypriot Women in Australia Association since 1999 and an Ambassador of The Hospital Research Foundation since 2012.