Devonport’s John Phillips Receives OAM for Service to Financial Industry | the lawyer

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It was a strong sense of social responsibility that drove John Phillips to give back. With years spent volunteering in sports groups that matched his athletic endeavors and helping the less fortunate find their feet, from the outside, it’s no wonder his former co-workers nominated him for a Medal of the Order of Australia. However, ever-humble, Mr Phillips can’t believe he’s a 2022 recipient. IN OTHER NEWS ‘It’s an honor and a privilege,’ he said, along with his personal philosophy of giving back to your community without ever expecting a reward. He said his markers of an upstanding citizen are those who have a business ethic and take the time to improve their community and provide opportunities for those less fortunate. Never without a sense of purpose, Mr Phillips was only in his twenties when he started his first co-operative housing company, using his financial skills to try to help people from lower socio-economic backgrounds to find safe accommodation. He also pushed for the reform of traditional loan programs that kept many from being on a level playing field. In 1973 he assumed the role of managing director of the Bass Permanent Building Society (now Bank of Us) and remained there for nearly two decades, before founding Tassie Home Loans in Devonport. RELATED: Society Celebration for Devonport Business In 1992, Mr Phillips further expanded his generosity by signing up as a committee member of the Food Plant Solutions program, a rotating initiative designed to tackle malnutrition in the scale, through the use of readily available and local food sources. This venture took him on a trip to Timor Leste and forever changed his perspective on food accessibility, with Mr Phillips still sponsoring six children to access educational opportunities there. In his spare time Mr Phillips also chaired the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal for the Devonport area and spent a decade with the Devonport Lions Club. Ultimately, he said, community is “about the friendships and relationships you build.” “Everyone deserves a chance.” Our reporters work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:


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