Every file — dusty with age or shiny and new — speaks to us of people and places, circumstances and situations, change and changing times. Each one unique, articulating a particular need: to support an institution, to advance a hard-won career, to mature knowledge… above all to take advantage of opportunity. It is a tribute to this country that it remains so full of pioneers and solid citizens, some overcoming seemingly insuperable odds to move forward towards a positive future. Glimpses of some of the OMT’s recipients and their achievements present compelling witness to the resilience of individuals, and to the difference access and support can make.