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Home > News > 2020 > August > Time to recognise our outstanding activists

Time to recognise our outstanding activists

IMG_1570.jpgNominations are now open for IEUA-QNT’s annual Member Awards, which recognise the contribution of dedicated IEUA-QNT members.

IEUA-QNT Branch Secretary Terry Burke said the awards were of particular significance this year, given the challenges members have faced and overcome as a result of the COVID-19 crisis and the impact on our school communities.

“2020 has been a highly unusual year and our members have continually shown outstanding professionalism in the face of uncertainty and the transitions between the physical school environment and remote leaning,” Mr Burke said.

“Our Member Awards are also the opportunity for us to acknowledge those passionate and dedicated members who are fundamental to the ongoing success of our union.

“Members are encouraged to nominate their colleagues who have demonstrated a strong commitment to our union,” he said.

Recognising collective commitment

Last year our union added three new awards to celebrate our centenary year.

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

IEUA-QNT member Barbara Dewis, who is also part of our Yubbah Action Group, was the inaugural winner of the Thersa Nunn First Nations Member Award in 2019.

Barbara said she was completely surprised to learn she had been nominated and it was a great moment to win the Award.

“It was a surreal moment to think that one of my peers had nominated me,” Barbara said.

“You don’t realise how much you do until it becomes formalised in a manner like this award.”

Barbara said the Awards were an important way of recognising members’ commitment to union activism, especially given the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s very important for union activism to be celebrated, especially in these unprecedented times.

“I encourage other members to vote for someone they think is deserving of an Award because exceptional members deserve recognition for the support they give to others,” she said.

Supporting the next generation

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.

Each year our union offers Teacher Education Bursaries to exceptional pre-service education students, worth $1000 each.

Additionally, the John Nash Bursary, valued at $2000, will be awarded to an outstanding bursary applicant.

The 2020 IEUA-QNT Member Awards

•Beginning Educator Member Award

•Vonnie Burke Memorial Award and Scholarship

•Thersa Nunn First Nations Member Award

•John (Max) MacDermott Award

•Ruth George School Officer Award

•Elizabeth McCall Award

•Judith Cooper Award (NT only)

Nominations for all award categories close on Monday, 12 October 2020, so be sure to familiarise yourself with the various award criteria and keep your eye out for a colleague who may be deserving of a 2020 Member Award nomination.

For more on the Awards including nomination forms and criteria, go to www.qieu.asn.au/member awards


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