Susan Alberti named Victorian of the year

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Philanthropist and former Western Bulldogs vice president Susan Alberti has been named Victorian of the Year for her contribution to public service.

The businesswoman was given the honour at Melbourne Town Hall on Monday, while social entrepreneur Daniel Poole was named as Young Victorian of the Year at the event at the Victoria Day ceremony.

Mrs Alberti is a co-founder of AFLW and is supporter for women in Australian Rules.

She's raised millions of dollars for medical research including to help find a cure for Type 1 diabetes through her organisation, the Sue Alberti Medical Research Foundation.

She was named Melburnian of the Year in 2017.

Mr Poole co-founded the nation's first not-for-profit crepe van to raise money for training and jobs for Victorians in need of a leg up, and was named the 2018 Victorian Young Achiever of the Year.

The Victoria Day Award for the Arts goes to Victorian Opera, while the John Holland Group has received the Good Corporate Citizen award.

The Cathy Freeman Foundation received the gong for an organisation.

Victoria Day celebrates the state's independence and history after separating from NSW on July 1 in 1851.

Victoria Day Council chairman Tony Cree said the awards recognised people who have "gone above and beyond for their contribution to the community".

"I thank them and congratulate them on their truly outstanding achievements and the great work they have done, I am thrilled they have been recognised in this way," he said in a statement.

Trustees on the council - made up of previous Victorian of the Year Award recipients - chose the winners.

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