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Member Awards / Teacher Education Bursaries

Topics : Awards

Chris_Chapman_and_Sarah_Bellamy.jpgEvery year, our union recognises the contribution of dedicated IEUA-QNT members through a number of Awards, which are presented at our AGM.

Our union also supports the next generation of teachers by awarding Teacher Education Bursaries to university students, with a connection to our union, studying education.

New Awards announced!

Our union has added three new awards in our centenary year to our IEUA-QNT Excellence Awards, which recognise the significant contributions made by a number of dedicated union members.

 

The three new awards are the Beginning Educator Member Award, the Thersa Nunn First Nations Member Award and the Vonnie Burke Award and Scholarship.

Nominations are now open for all award categories, and the winners and nominees will be presented at our AGM which will be held on 1 November, 2019. 

Nominations for all award categories and Teacher Education Bursaries close on Wednesday 9 October 2019.

Beginning Educator Member Award

Beginning educator members represent our next generation of IEUA-QNT Chapter activists and union leaders who will shape future working conditions and the nature of our education sectors.

 

This Award provides an opportunity to recognise the outstanding efforts of a beginning educator who has demonstrated a commitment and passion to build a better future for our members.

 

Award Criteria

  • Union member in the first five years of their teaching career.
  • Have demonstrated an early commitment to union values as they begin their career.
  • Have shown an interest in the promotion and advancement of their chosen profession.
  • Contributes to the activism or growth of their IEUA-QNT Chapter.
  • Have demonstrated qualities of a future workplace or union leader.

Click here to download a nomination form. 

Thersa Nunn First Nations Member Award

This award provides the opportunity for all members of our union to recognise the outstanding efforts of First Nations members and the particular efforts of those who have helped organise their colleagues in pursuit of shared industrial, professional and reconciliation goals.

 

The award is named in honour of Aunty Thersa (Ther-esa) Nunn, a proud Noonuccal Woman, Quandamooka Elder and long-standing IEUA-QNT member.

 

Thersa’s commitment to union is evident not only in her ongoing support for industrial and professional campaigns, but also her efforts to educate others on the benefits

of union.

 

Award Criteria

  • Has made an outstanding contribution to our union through activism in a specific area.
  • Works diligently and tirelessly to represent the interests of First Nations members.
  • Acts with honesty, integrity and courage in the conduct of our union’s activities.

Click here to download a nomination form. 

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Vonnie Burke Award and Scholarship

Vonnie Burke (1934 – 2018), Life Member, had a fundamental understanding of the empowering nature of education and a commitment to provide opportunity through education wherever she could.

The Vonnie Burke Award and Scholarship is made in honour of this remarkable teacher and unionist and seeks to provide an opportunity for an early career female member to undertake union-related professional development.


The value of the scholarship is to be determined by the governing body from time-to-time, with the 2019/20 amount set at $3,000.


Award Criteria

Applications for the Award should address the following (100-200 words each):

  • Demonstrated advocacy for fairness and respect in the workplace.
  • A statement of personal union values and why unions are essential in our community.
  • A statement on what the Award would mean for the applicant’s development as a unionist and as an educator.

Click here to download a nomination form. 

 

 

Existing Awards/Teacher Education Bursaries

John (Max) MacDermott Award

Nominations are now called for the ‘John (Max) MacDermott Award’, presented in recognition of members’ outstanding contributions to their union.

This award has been extended to enable members to recognise both the outstanding efforts of individual activists and the efforts of school chapters, chapter executives or chapter networks.

Award Criteria

  • Has worked diligently and tirelessly to assist members to address their issues.
  • Has acted with honesty, integrity and courage in the conduct of union affairs.
  • Has promoted member action and networking at the chapter and/or branch level.
  • Has made an outstanding contribution to their school chapter and/or branch and IEUA-QNT through activism in a specific area.

Click here to download a nomination form. 

Ruth George School Officer Award

In recognition of the outstanding contribution made by individual school officers on behalf of their colleagues, our union established the ‘Ruth George School Officer Award’ and is calling for nominations.

AWARD CRITERIA:

  1. Has made an outstanding contribution to the school chapter and IEUA-QNT through activism in a specific area.
  2. Works diligently and tirelessly to represent the interests of school officers.
  3. Acts with honesty, integrity and courage in the conduct of our union’s activities.

Examples of activist activities might include:

  • participation in union activities such as meetings, protests, rallies, campaigns, professional development and training;
  • dissemination of union information;
  • recruitment of colleagues;
  • promoting awareness of Award conditions;
  • pursuing accurate role descriptions for themselves and colleagues;
  • participating in enterprise bargaining negotiations and the single bargaining unit (SBU);
  • acting as a representative on the school consultative committee; or
  • involvement in school workplace policy development e.g. health and safety issues such as anti-bullying and discrimination.

Click here to download a nomination form. 

Elizabeth McCall Award

The Elizabeth McCall Award was established to honour inspirational member Elizabeth McCall who died as a result of a tragic accident outside her school on Thursday, 27 April 2006.

The award is for a woman who demonstrates a fundamental commitment to the principles of unionism and in particular gives expression to the pursuit of social justice issues.

The award may be given to more than one woman in any given year.

A recipient of the Elizabeth McCall Award will:

Demonstrate a fundamental commitment to the principles of unionism by:

  • Actively building membership strength and a strong collective voice;
  • Being educated about the issues impacting on her and her colleagues and what they can do about them;
  • Building a collective culture and supporting her colleagues in her workplace to achieve fair and just outcomes.

Actively encourage the expression of the voice of the collective in the pursuit of social justice issues by:

  • Working to bring social justice issues to the attention of her colleagues and seeking to inspire and educate others through her own example;
  • Recognising the importance of educating for social justice and inspiring students in her care to investigate issues they care deeply about;
  • Taking action to promote social justice and fairness by standing alongside like-minded colleagues;
  • Recognising our union’s capacity to achieve social justice.

Click here to download a nomination form. 

Judith Cooper Award (NT only)

Nominations are called for the ‘Judith Cooper Award’ which is presented in recognition of a member’s outstanding contribution as a union representative and/or in recognition of a Chapter’s outstanding contribution to building a strong union.

The award is presented to a member or chapter from the Northern Territory.

The award provides the opportunity for a School Chapter to recognise the outstanding efforts of Chapter activists by nominating those most deserving of this award.

The award recognises the particular contribution of all union activists and especially honours an outstanding contribution of an individual on behalf of Chapter members.

AWARD CRITERIA:

  • Works diligently and tirelessly to assist members to address their issues.
  • Acts with honesty, integrity and courage in the conduct of union affairs.
  • Promotes member education, action and networking at the Chapter and/or Division level.
  • Has made an outstanding contribution to the School Chapter and our union through activism in a specific area.

Click here to download a nomination form. 

Teacher Education Bursaries

The IEUA-QNT Teacher Education Bursaries were established in 2009, to celebrate our union’s 90th Anniversary. These bursaries are once again being offered to encourage eligible students who are studying for a teaching qualification.

Each year, four pre-service education students will be awarded general education bursaries of $1,000.

The fifth bursary, the John Nash Bursary, valued at $2,000 will be awarded to an outstanding applicant.

Click here to download the full guidelines. 

Click here to download an application form. 


Authorised by Terry Burke, Independent Education Union of Australia – Queensland & Northern Territory Branch, Brisbane.