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Home > News > 2019 > November > Celebrating the past, looking to the future

Celebrating the past, looking to the future

Toowoomba.jpgIn our centenary year, we acknowledge the many significant achievements made by members over the past 100 years, whilst celebrating the members of today who are continuing the fight for better working conditions, security and protection in the non-government education sector. 

Throughout 2019, our union has held a number of events to mark our centenary, from the Life Member lunch recognising the work and achievements of the past, through to various Branch celebrations to award those members who are continuing our legacy now, and into the future. 

IEUA-QNT President Andrew Elphinstone said the events provided an important opportunity to reflect on what being part of our union means. 

“Throughout this year I have had the opportunity to join members in paying our respects to those who have made significant contributions to our union in the past, whilst also celebrating current activists,” said Andrew. 

“At Branch events across Queensland and the Northern Territory I have been privileged to award members with our 100 Years, 100 Activists Awards, recognising current members who are outstanding activists in our 100th year. 

“It is important to recognise those who are currently at the forefront, and we must promote and support those who are our future.”

Branch celebrations were recently held on the Sunshine Coat and Gold Coast as well as in Gympie, Toowoomba and Alice Springs. 

Ken Lavers was a recipient of a 100 Years, 100 Activists Award recognising his contribution and ongoing commitment to our union. 

Ken has been a member of our union for over 30 years and has held the Staff Representative position at Toowoomba Grammar School for a great deal of this time. 

“It’s a great honour for me to receive this Award,” said Ken.

“One of the most significant achievements of our union in our history, in my opinion, took place this year and is the achievement of 100 years of activism.

“We have spent that 100 years in the pursuit of  a very noble goal, and that is to collectively improve the state of education, and what a number of significant achievements we have made and will continue to make in pursuit of that goal!”

Message Stick featured in permanent centenary display 

Another significant initiative of this year’s celebrations is a permanent display of our union’s Message Stick in our Brisbane office.

The Message Stick’s new permanent home reinforces our union’s commitment to reconciliation going into the future.

The display consists of the framed Message Stick along with a description of its significance, accompanied by a map of Queensland and the Northern Territory that identifies the Message Stick’s journey across the region as part of the implementation of our union’s initial Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in 2016 and 2017.

To view our full photo gallery from Branch centenary events, click here.   


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