Ronald Parker was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2012 for services to the community through a range of volunteer roles.
His voluntary work spans over 47 years within a wide range of organisations. He served as a volunteer counsellor and support worker in the Emergency Department of the Austin Hospital for 12 years, has been a Guide and Education Officer at the Victorian Supreme Court for 10 years; has been a Zone Leader for Neighbourhood Watch for 25 years, and has guided tours at the MCG for 10 years.
His other roles have included Committee memberships, and Executive roles in Lord Somers Camp, Royal Flying Doctor Service, Collingwood Cricket Club, World Ship Society and the Maritime Heritage Association.
Ron was awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2000.