The Moodler shares a place of honor along Western Australian luminaries across fields and disciplines, in the finalists announcement for the award organized by the Australia Day National Network.
Dougiamas’ profile on the Honour Roll tells us about the time he declined an offer to buy Moodle for 20 million (AUD, I believe). Sacrificing net worth in exchange for a vibrant worldwide community of learning innovators seems like a good bet. Dougiamas enjoys some global celebrity status and deserved recognition. Australia Day considers his work to be of impact, not only in education, but humanitarian to a large extent.
Accompanying the Moodler on the Western Australia selects are:
- Arlene Chan, medical oncologist, vice-chair of WA’s Breast Cancer Research Centre and prominent breast cancer advocate.
- James Fitzpatrick, paediatrician, founder of PATCHES Pediatrics and children welfare advocate, particularly for those living in remote Aboriginal communities.
- Andrew Forrest, billionaire philanthropist, anti-slavery advocate, and consistently among the top 10 wealthiest Australians in the last decade.
The Australia Day National Network encompasses local councils and committees nationwide, with the mission to “inspire national pride and spirit to enrich the life of the nation“. Winners for the 2017 edition will be announced in January.
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