On Australia Day in 2018, the Governor-General of Australia appointed Ronald W Woss, a Member of the Order of Australia.
The appointment was made for significant service to youth, particularly for supporting research into suicide prevention and to the community, through a range of charitable organisations.
On 2 February 2019, Ronald was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Edith Cowan University (honoris causa); in recognition of his vision as an insightful and engaged entrepreneur who has made outstanding contributions to society through his philanthropic leadership and passionate support of arts, culture and mental health.
In 1994, Ronald established a charitable trust known as Youth Focus.
Upon his resignation as Chairman, some ten years later, he was honoured by the Board, naming him its first “Inaugural Honorary Lifetime Member“.
Today, Youth Focus is the largest charitable organisation in Western Australia, dealing with youth mental health issues.
Youth suicide robs society of its potential and its future.
Ronald, the inaugural Chairman, is committed to making the University of Western Australia, the world centre of excellence for the prevention of suicide.
Recently the Institute established “The Living Room” as a safe-haven for UWA students, when they feel unable to cope with stressful situations. Over 800 students visited The Living Room since it started, less than 12 months ago.
Mr Woss has since been approached by both Edith Cowan University and Murdoch University, to set up similar “Living Rooms” at those campuses as well.
For more than 10 years, Ronald and Brigid Woss supported worthy medical and nursing students at Notre Dame University, by way of scholarships.
This resulted in the graduation of more than 100 doctors and nurses, which may not have occurred, without such support.
For more than 6 years, The Woss Group has provided an annual donation to further the education of nurses on the Gratwick Palliative Care Ward at Hollywood Private Hospital, in memory of the late Mr Rudolf Woss.
Prior to Covid 19, Ronald and Brigid Woss sponsored several world-renowned jazz artists, to spend a week on campus as “WAAPA’s jazz artist in residence”.
Whilst there, they mentor and perform with WAAPA jazz students both in house and in concert.
Past artists include Megan Washington (the winner of 3 ARIA awards); The Rodriguez Brothers (trumpeter and pianist from New York who worked with Wynton Marsalis and Quincy Jones) and Katie Noonan (the winner of 5 ARIA awards).
The Woss Family Visiting Jazz Artists Program, gives WAAPA the ability to recruit talented practitioners to Perth to expand creative boundaries and energise both the students and teaching staff.
Ronald and Brigid Woss provide annual scholarships to worthy students, needing financial help, in order to fulfil their ambitions.