Mrs. Jeannine Sandmayer, Knight in the Order of the Legion d’Honneur (May 21, 2012)
Already a Knight in the National Order of Merit since 2005, Mrs. Jeannine Sandmayer was confered the insignia of Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur by Mrs.Christiane Kammerman, Senator representing French citizens living abroad, on May 21.
Arrived in Australia in 1987, after a career as a social worker in Paris, Lyon and Madagascar, she worked for the French Consulate in Melbourne for many years. In charge of the Social Department, she was known for her dedication in helping the French community.
After the closure of the Melbourne Consulate, she was elected and became in 2000 one of the three delegates for the Pacific at the Superior Council of French Citizens Abroad. In this role, she has been particularly active and fought relentlessly for the interest of the French community in Australia.
In parallel, she has pursued her action in favour of people in situations of difficulty, in particular assisting retirees to claim their French pension and creating a charity organisation.
She was elected Australian of the Year in 2004.
Mrs. Jeannine Sandmayer with Mrs Christiane Kammermann and Christian Cointat, Senators representing French Citizens Living Abroad.
Mrs. Jeannine Sandmayer receiving the insignia of Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur from Senator Christiane Kammermann.
Mrs. Jeannine Sandmayer and her family.