26 January 2015





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Julie Verner-Mackay

Founding Director of VM Learning

In 1989 Julie established VM Learning in 1989, a highly reputable Learning and Development company based in Brisbane. An established leader in the people development industry, VM Learning has provided a unique, innovative approach to the holistic development...

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Sarah Todd

Contestant, MasterChef, Series 6

Sarah Todd became a household name to fans of MasterChef when she was a contestant on the show in 2014. However her journey from catwalk model to cook began long before she appeared on Australian television screens. Ten years of travelling the world as...

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Ron Rankin AM

Australian Volunteer Surf Lifesaver

Ron Rankin has been a volunteer member of Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) for 50 years and was on the national Board of Directors for 25 years. He continues to undertake duties for surf lifesaving as a volunteer. He was national President from 2001...

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David Pugh

Chef, Owner - Restaurant Two

Chef David Pugh is known for his down to earth attitude and approach to food. David’s continual search for the best available fresh produce provides his inspiration and the basis of the menu at his acclaimed Restaurant Two. David is known for working...

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Dr Barbara Piscitelli AM

Children’s champion

Dr Barbara Piscitelli is a world leader in early childhood education. Her research explores cultural policy and childhood, young children’s learning in museums, and visual arts education. In 1986, Barbara established an archive of children's art from...

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Annabel Pike

Intensive Care Nurse

Born at 26 weeks gestation, Annabel suffers from a profound, bilateral, sensory neural hearing loss. Diagnosed at age 3, Annabel was not a candidate for a cochlear implant. However, an ear infection in 2012, caused a further loss of hearing resulting...

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Sophie Phillis

Vocal Performer, 'The Voice' 2013

Combine a music degree, a world tour and an impressive showing on The Voice and you get Sophie Phillis, a contemporary vocalist from Queensland whose diverse musical experiences have given her a passion to write, record and perform on stages near and...

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Bruce and Denise Morcombe OAM

Founders of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation

Bruce and Denise Morcombe established the Daniel Morcombe Foundation in 2005. The foundation is committed to educating children about personal safety and raising awareness for their protection, following the tragic loss of their son in 2003. Among the...

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Dean Miller

Channel 7’s Queensland Weekender, Presenter

When Dean Miller walks into a room, people notice. It's not just that he's a big bloke (190 cm in socks), or that he's got a big voice (a professional necessity for his original career in radio). It’s just that Dean is the kind of guy who fires up a...

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Ross McKinnon AM


Ross McKinnon AM is the retired Curator-in-Charge of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens at suburban Mt Coot-tha. Internationally regarded as one of the world’s leading sub-tropical Botanic Gardens, they feature significant plant collections including the...

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Dr Robert (Bob) McGregor

Fundraiser, Paediatrician, volunteer community organiser

Dr Bob is honoured to have been entrusted by the Ipswich community to care for their children for over 40 years. In response he has taken on a leadership role in developing community programs aimed at enhancing people's lives and welfare. He has held...

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Rupert McCall

Author of Green & Gold Malaria

Rupert is the author of six anthologies of verse that have collectively sold over 120,000 copies. He is equally at home in radio or on TV and his resume features hosting roles for Channel Seven’s The Great South East, 4BC’s Sports Today program and...

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Dr Richard Lewandowski

Founder of Operation Smile Australia

Dr Richard Lewandowski graduated from the University of Queensland in 1981 and became a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) in 1990. He has a Fellowship Diploma in Craniomaxillofacial Surgery from the Eastern Virginian Graduate...

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Professor Peter Leggat AM

Medical researcher, Volunteer , Writer

Peter Leggat AM is Professor of Tropical Medicine and Dean of the College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences at James Cook University (JCU).  Peter trained as a doctor and also undertook part-time research and teaching at the University...

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John Lazarou

Director of The Coffee Club Group

John Lazarou is one of three directors of The Coffee Club Group, Australia’s largest home-grown franchise cafe group. The Coffee Club’s first store opened in Brisbane’s CBD at Eagle Street Pier on 2 November 1989.  Together with his partners, Emmanuel...

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Jay Larkins

Paralympic football coach

After his son was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, Jay Larkins became passionate about Paralympic football. Jay established the Brisbane Paralympic Football Program in 2006, and today coaches more than 100 children with disabilities, giving them opportunities...

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Gail Ker OAM

Social inclusion advocate

Over the past two decades, Gail Ker has built one of Australia’s most innovative and successful not-for-profit settlement and employment centres – ACCESS Community Services. Working in one of Australia’s most disadvantaged areas, Gail has built...

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Kevin Keeffe

Australian Red Cross, Queensland Executive Director

Kevin Keeffe started his career as a school teacher in remote Aboriginal communities in Cape York and Central Australia.  He has represented Australia on many international forums, including the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation,...

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Marayke Jonkers

Founder of Sporting Dreams, Paralympian

Marayke Jonkers is a Paralympic medal-winning swimmer, paratriathlete and founder of Sporting Dreams, a grants program that helps athletes with disabilities.  Marayke’s journey from becoming paraplegic in a car accident as a baby to a three-time Paralympian...

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Hetty Johnston AM

Child protection activist

Founder of child protection charity, Bravehearts, Hetty Johnston is determined to make Australia the safest place in the world for children. Hetty established Bravehearts in 1997 after learning her daughter had been sexually assaulted. Since then, Hetty...

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