Stephen GreeneStephen Greene was dedicated to serving as a firefighter and working tirelessly on projects and charity fundraisers to support people he would never meet. A serial volunteer who is quick to roll up his sleeves and contribute wherever hands are needed across the community, Stephen was committed to serving others, which reflects his compassion and care for the well-being and success of people around him over and above himself.
Stephen Richard Greene was a man who made life better – who embraced challenges, dared to dream big and who made remarkable things happen.
Graduating from Salesian College Chadstone in 1997, Stephen studied a Bachelor of Commerce (majoring in Finance and Economics) and a Bachelor of Science (majoring in Computer Science) at Deakin University.
Commencing in corporate banking, Stephen’s career progressed to a consulting role at Deloitte, before leaving professional services to become a firefighter. Stephen served his community with great pride over 15 years, achieving the rank of Leading Firefighter and regularly “acting up” to Station Officer as required.
A dynamic volunteer, Stephen’s contribution to community service was profound across areas of Fire Rescue Victoria versus Victoria Police charity football matches, 24-hour Mega Swim Challenges for multiple sclerosis, Rotary Club, local football club Waverley Blues and various VFL and AFL Clubs, including Hawthorn Football Club, just to name a few.
President of the Kiwanis Club of Waverley, part of a global service community “dedicated to improving the lives of children one community at a time”, Stephen was elected to the position of Lieutenant Governor. With a team of less than 10 people, Stephen raised $100,000 US for the Eliminate Project, a worldwide project in partnership with UNICEF to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus from countries where it is still prevalent, while implementing strategies that supported the drive nationally and raised in total more than $650,000 USD. Every two dollars donated was enough to vaccinate a woman and her unborn children. These are just two examples of countless significant volunteering achievements Stephen brought to life. Like Don Bosco, Stephen was passionate about improving the world for children and inspired those around him to do the same.
Following his passing, Stephen was acknowledged in Australian Parliament for his services to the community and sport, with a paragraph describing his contribution read by Dr Carina Garland MP.
Stephen is survived by wife Briony Greene and three children Amy, Adam and Tom, parents Joe and Di and siblings Sharon, Wendy, Chris, Siobhan and Matthew.
People like Stephen Greene don’t just leave footprints on life, they inspire life itself.
Hall of Fame Inductee - Community Service