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George Jelinek named a Victorian finalist for the 2016 Australian of the Year

Professor George Jelinek had been selected as a finalist for the state of Victoria in the 2016 Australian of the Year Awards. Congratulations George!

It was a very proud moment for all of us at OMS when we received the news that George Jelinek had been selected as a finalist for the state of Victoria in the 2016 Australian of the Year Awards. It is an annual event which celebrates the contributions of leading Australian citizens and its most inspirational role models. Standing alongside other eminent Australians (such as a human rights lawyer and the CEO of the largest food relief charity in the state), Professor Jelinek is recognised for his tireless research into MS, his distinguished career, professional excellence and personal determination. The nomination also notes the foundation of Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis and the impact that this has had not only across Australia but on a global level, providing the MS community across the world with the tools and information required to lead healthy lives. We can only echo some of the sentiments already expressed on the announcement of this news, that not only is it wholly deserved recognition of the enormous contribution Professor Jelinek has made, and continues to make, in the global battle against MS, but that actually, for many of us he has long been a legend and life-saver. The Victorian award recipients will be announced on Wednesday 28 October, with the national awards being held on January 25, 2016.