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Members awarded for contributions to our union

Topics : AwardsThe Good & The Bad

Madonna_Spillane_Marist_College_Ashgrove_recipient_of_Elizabeth_McCall_Award_2015_web.jpgEvery year, our union recognises the contributions of our most active members in the IEUA-QNT Union Excellence Awards. Awards are presented to individuals and chapters from various sectors of our union membership.

The awards are presented in recognition of members’ outstanding contributions to their union. Our union also awards bursaries to students with a connection to our union who are studying education at university.

RUTH GEORGE AWARD

Recipient: Maureen Hopkins – St Columban’s College 

This year’s recipient of the Ruth George Award is Maureen Hopkins of St Columban’s College Caboolture. A school officer and co-representative of the Chapter, Maureen has been a diligent participant in training and her advocacy for school officers is well renowned.  

The Ruth George Award honours the memory of Ruth George who, along with her union colleagues, played a key role in re-establishing the provisions in the award covering non-government school assistant mistresses following cutbacks during the Great Depression era. 

JOHN (MAX) MACDERMOTT AWARD

Chapter, Chapter Executive or Network Recipient: Marist College Ashgrove

The 2015 recipient of the John (Max) MacDermott Chapter Award is Marist College Ashgrove. The Chapter has acted as a strong collective with integrity and a tenacious commitment to standing for the rights and working conditions of its members. This Chapter truly understands and realises the power of being able to confront and resolve issues collectively.  

Individual Recipient: Paul Baker – St Teresa’s Catholic College

The individual John (Max) MacDermott Union Activist Award was presented to Paul Baker of St Teresa’s Catholic College, Noosaville. A tenacious Chapter representative, Paul understands what is needed to argue a case and steps into situations that require understanding, advocacy and commitment.

John (Max) MacDermott was a respected teacher at Mercy College, Mackay, who had a deep interest in union activities. As a chapter representative he worked tirelessly to represent the interests of staff. This award honours his memory and outstanding contribution as a strong advocate and union activist for employee rights and working conditions.  

ELIZABETH MCCALL (FEMALE UNION ACTIVIST) AWARD

Kylie Mathers – Marymount College
Madonna Spillane – Marist College

This year the Elizabeth McCall Award has been presented to two outstanding unionists: Kylie Mathers of Marymount College and Madonna Spillane of Marist College Ashgrove. In presenting the award, IEUA-QNT Branch Secretary Terry Burke said, “these two members actively underpin social justice principles and their expression in union.”  

This award was established in honour of the inspirational union member and activist Elizabeth McCall, a remarkable and tireless unionist who understood the essence of unionism. The Elizabeth McCall Award is presented to a female union activist who demonstrates a fundamental commitment to the principles of unionism and in particular, the pursuit of social justice issues. 

TEACHER EDUCATION BURSARIES

General Education Bursary Recipients:
Michelle Casey – University of Southern Queensland
Kiri Kayrooz – James Cook University 

Introduced as part of our union’s 90th year celebrations in 2009, the teacher education bursaries are presented to aspiring teachers with a family connection to our union. Two pre-service education students, Michelle Casey of the University of Southern Queensland and Kiri Kayrooz of James Cook University, were awarded general education bursaries of $1,000 each to further their studies and teaching resources.   

The bursaries encourage those who display an early passion for the values of the education profession to continue to strive for excellence. Students who have a parent, partner, guardian or grandparent who is a current or retired financial member of IEUA-QNT are eligible to receive a bursary.  

LIFE MEMBERSHIP

This year, three of our members - Derek Cameron, Greg McGhie and Des McGovern - have been honoured with QIEU Life Membership in recognition of their long-standing commitment to activism and collective union values of fairness, justice, respect and dignity. Derek and Des have both worked hard to enliven union activity in each of their respective chapters while many would remember Greg’s tireless work as an 

IEUA-QNT organiser and his willingness to go the extra mile when members needed support most.  

JUDITH COOPER AWARD (IEUA-QNT NORTHERN TERRITORY DIVISION ONLY)

Individual Recipient: Margaret Blanch – Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College, Alice Springs

Retired member Marg Blanch, formerly of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College in Alice Springs, has continued to demonstrate a passion for union and advocating for workers in the non-government education sector as well as education staff on a global scale. She played a pivotal role in establishing our union in the Northern Territory and was privileged to work closely with Judith Cooper in the early days of the standalone Northern Territory Branch. She often stayed there at her home in Darwin during union meetings run from Judith’s sewing table.  

Established in 2010, the Judith Cooper Award is presented to chapters or individuals who work in the Northern Territory and have made a remarkable impact as an activist.  Judith Cooper was a school assistant at St Mary’s Primary School who played an instrumental role in establishing a union with her colleagues to stand for issues affecting non-government sector school employees.   

This year's awards were presented at our Annual General Meeting on 30 October 2015. View photographs from the awards presentation in the gallery below.

Award recipients - full list

2015 Winners' List

RUTH GEORGE (SCHOOL OFFICER) AWARD

Recipient: Maureen Hopkins – St Columban’s College

Certificate of Nomination:
Ikky Furuta – Kooralbyn International School
Tanya Martin – Chisholm Catholic College

JOHN (MAX) MACDERMOTT AWARD

Chapter, Chapter Executive or Network Recipient: Marist College, Ashgrove

Certificate of Nomination – Chapter, Chapter Executive or Network:
Canterbury College
Clairvaux MacKillop College

Individual Recipient: Paul Baker – St Teresa’s Catholic College

Certificate of Nomination - Individual:
Michelle Kath – Brigidine College
Jim Erwin – Australian Trade College – North Brisbane
Frank Turtle – Chisholm Catholic College

ELIZABETH MCCALL (FEMALE UNION ACTIVIST) AWARD

Kylie Mathers – Marymount College
Madonna Spillane – Marist College

TEACHER EDUCATION BURSARIES

General Education Bursary Recipients:
Michelle Casey – University of Southern Queensland
Kiri Kayrooz – James Cook University

LIFE MEMBERSHIP

Derek Cameron

Des McGovern

Greg McGhie

JUDITH COOPER AWARD (IEUA-QNT NORTHERN TERRITORY DIVISION ONLY)

Individual Recipient: Margaret Blanch – Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College, Alice Springs


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