Founder and CEO of the Trans-Help Foundation, Dianne Carroll, has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the 2010 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Dianne has been the driving force behind Trans-Help since its formation in 2005 following the annual service conducted at the National Truck Drivers Memorial in Tarcutta. Dianne met many families suffering the tragic loss of loved ones on the road and decided to form the Foundation to provide assistance.
The Trans-Help Foundation offers a wide range of services to help trucking personnel and their families including a 24-hour help line, a mobile health support unit actively involved in promoting driver well-being and counselling services.
Dianne was a 2008 Australian Trucking Association finalist in the Transport Woman of the Year Award in recognition of her work with the Trans-Help Foundation.
The OAM was awarded for her services to the Omeo district community for the role Dianne has played in historical and heritage organisations. In 2003 she founded the Victorian High Country Huts Association, an organisation with over 1000 members, and is also heavily involved in country music events, promoting artists and raising funds for charity.
The daughter of a truck driver, Dianne has been involved in the road transport industry for most of her life and remains committed to the industry at all levels.