Beverley Orr

Foster carer

2007 ACT Local Hero

Beverley Orr cares for kids, literally. For almost thirty years she has opened her heart and her home to children in need of care, whether it’s for a day or so or for weeks. Beverley’s contribution to the welfare of children hasn’t just centred on the Orr home. She was one of the co-founders of the ACT Foster Carers’ Association and still holds the office of vice-president. She has taken her work to the national level through her presidency of the Australian Foster Carers’ Association. Beverley is currently on the ACT Children’s Services Council and is Deputy Chair of Families Australia. All this while working full-time in Parliament House, being a Guide Leader for the past fifteen years, and being only the second woman to be awarded life membership of the YMCA Sailing Club. While she promotes the welfare and care of children throughout Australia, Beverley remains our local hero.