Congratulations to our 2017 Award Recipients

This year marks 15 years since QDN was incorporated. As John McPherson, founding member, life member and current Board Director said –

“The inspiring thing about QDN’s beginning was how a small group of people could craft a network model that gave a voice to people with disability and appealed sufficiently to government that they funded it. Mary Kenny was particularly instrumental in this process, which was of course shaped by the values of the interim steering committee. Doing much with little, while always adhering to its core values, is an enduring QDN talent”.

The QDN Board have acknowledged the following current QDN Ordinary Members of long standing, who have a history of supporting QDN through service and commitment over a period of at least five years with QDN Life Membership awards:

  • Anthony Baguley
  • Donna Best
  • Fran Vicary
  • Judy Collins
  • Lyn Coyle
  • Rachel Matthews
  • Robert Ellis
  • Peter Parkes
  • Peter Tully
  • Ted Thorburn
  • Wesley Walker
  • Willie Prince

The above members join our existing QDN Life Members – Bill Garsden, Mary Kenny, Karin Swift and John McPherson.

At QDN’s 15th anniversary celebrations, the Board also acknowledged people who are not QDN Members but who have made a significant and sustained contribution to QDN with QDN Honoured Supporter awards:

  • Kevin Cocks
  • Lesley Chenoweth
  • Margaret Ward

QDN Recognition of Service awards were awarded to the following employees or past employees of QDN in recognition of sustained and diligent service to QDN, in leading and influencing organisational change and/or improvement, or in recognition of an exceptional contribution or parcel of work:

  • Greg Wagner
  • Jen Barrkman
  • Julie Granger
  • Karin Swift
  • Michelle Moss
  • Page Armstrong
  • Russell Flynn
  • Sarah Holbert
  • Valmae Rose

QDN’s motto “nothing about us without us” has been at the foundation of our work over the past 15 years, and is testament to the power of people coming together about what is important and having a collective voice. The QDN Board wish to congratulate all award recipients.