26 January 2015





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Stephanie Rice OAM

Olympic Gold Medalist and world record-breaking swimmer

Living by the motto, Be the Best You Can Be, three time Olympic Gold Medalist and world record-breaking swimmer, Stephanie Rice is renowned as one of Australia’s golden girls. The Brisbane-born swimmer first caught Australia’s attention in 2006, when...

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Scott Stidston OAM

Disability and Inclusive Community Advocate

Scott Stidston has never allowed the motorcycle injury that left him a person with quadriplegia to limit his contribution to the community and campaigning for those with a disability. Scott has been a stalwart of Spinal Injuries Australia for many years,...

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Emeritus Professor Roland (Roly) Sussex OAM

Language enthusiast

Emeritus Professor Roly Sussex was born in Melbourne in 1945. At various times he has lived in Australia, New Zealand, Czechoslovakia and Britain, where he earned a doctorate in Slavonic and General Linguistics in 1971. He became the foundation Professor...

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Jerry Coleby-Williams RHS, Dip. Hort. (Kew), NEBSM, HMA

National Gardening Expert, Sustainability Coach

Jerry Coleby-Williams is a curator, author, director of the Seed Saver’s Network and patron of Householder’s Options for Protecting the Environment. For the past 15 years Jerry has been a presenter on ABC TV's Gardening Australia. Jerry started gardening...

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Sara Carrigan OAM

Olympic gold medal cyclist

Sara Carrigan is one of Australia’s most dedicated and passionate advocates for cycling. She has been an Australian professional cyclist who has enjoyed cycling since the age of 15, after being identified through a high school sports talent search. Sara...

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Jenny Woodward

Weather reporter and presenter ABC News

Jenny Woodward is well known to audiences across Queensland as the ABC TV News weather presenter.   After starting work as an actress, Jenny moved into television. In her long career she has worked as a writer, editor, producer and presenter over a broad...

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Terry White AO

Entrepreneur, Pharmacist,, Politician,, Professor

In 1994, Terry White, along with his wife Rhonda, established the Terry White Chemists Today, Terry continues his role as Chairman of the group, which has 162 outlets across Australia with a turnover of $1 billion and employs over 4500 staff. Previously...

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Jean Madden

Shelter designer

A decade as a volunteer caring for homeless people gave Jean Madden the inspiration in 2005 to give a swag for Christmas to all of Brisbane’s homeless people “sleeping rough.” Her knowledge of the physical and mental effects of sleeping out led...

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Matthew Ames

Disability Advocate

Matthew Ames was 39 when what started as a sore throat resulted in the loss of all four of his limbs. He had contracted a streptococcal infection resulting in toxic shock and was never expected to survive. Matthew suffered kidney failure, a detached retina,...

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Sergeant Dimitrios (Jim) Bellos OAM APM

Community Champion

Sergeant Dimitrios ‘Jim’ Bellos is a cross-cultural liaison officer for the Queensland Police Service in the South Brisbane District, Brisbane Region. The South Brisbane District is the most multicultural policing region in Queensland. The South Brisbane...

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Gitie House

Cultural Diversity Ambassador

Gitie House has made significant and sustained contributions to developing and increasing cross-cultural understanding in the Toowoomba region. Gitie has been a founding member of a number of not-for-profit organisations dedicated to creating an inclusive...

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Associate Professor Dimity Dornan AO

Founder of Hear and Say Centres

Dimity Dornan AM is a Speech Pathologist, and the Founder and Executive Director of Hear and Say. This not-for-profit program opened in July 1992 and enables children with hearing loss to listen and speak through the use of modern hearing technology combined...

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Clinton Stanley

Cooroy’s “Super Fish”

An inspirational swimmer known as Cooroy’s “Super Fish”, Clinton has been a world champion across a range of events including the 1500 metres freestyle. Clinton has represented Australia seven times. New Zealand (2001), South Africa (2004), Ireland...

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Chern’ee Sutton

Contemporary Indigenous Artist

Chern'ee Sutton is an 18 year old contemporary Indigenous artist. Her mob are the Kalkadoon people from Mount Isa in Queensland. Chern’ee’s artwork has been exhibited in places like the 2014 Australian Open, Singapore, Hong Kong and bought by collectors...

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Professor Brendan Burkett Ph.D. OAM

Paralympic champion and professional engineer

Despite losing his leg in a hit and run accident in 1985, Brendan’s strength of character has turned tragedy into triumph. On the sporting field, Brendan is a paralympic champion, world champion, world record holder, Commonwealth Games and Australian...

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Anthony Ryan AM

CEO of Edmund Rice Foundation

Anthony Ryan is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Edmund Rice Foundation. His work takes him to many development projects throughout the world. In recent years Anthony contributed significantly to the Brisbane community by establishing the...

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Angelo Puglisi

Owner of Ballandean Estate Wines

Angelo Puglisi is considered to be the founder and godfather of the modern Queensland wine industry and over the past 80 years his family business, Ballandean Estate, has been at the forefront of developing and promoting the Queensland wine industry. Heading...

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Uncle Albert Holt

Indigenous advocate

At 73 years of age, Albert Holt is a respected Aboriginal Elder from Inala in Brisbane’s south-west. He grew up at Cherbourg mission after his family was forcibly removed from their home, overcoming adversity to become a respected role model. Towards...

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Matthew Levy

Paralympian - Swimming
New South Wales

My name is Matt Levy I am 27 years of age. I was born 15 weeks premature and have Cereal palsy and am vision impaired. I have had 40-50 operations to date ranging from brain, heart, lungs and ears. I am a Paralympic swimmer who has represented Australia...

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Tynan Jacinta

Author, News Presenter & Columnist
New South Wales

Jacinta Tynan is a News Presenter with Sky News Australia, an author, columnist and proud mum of two. She is regarded as a commentator for her generation. She writes regularly for Sunday Life (Sun Herald/Sunday Age), and appears on Channel Seven’s Sunrise...

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