THREE Gold Coasters are among a group of inspirational people who have been nominated for the 2019 Queensland Australian of the Year Awards.
Veteran and community leader Lorraine Hatton is in the running to be named Queensland Australian of the Year, whilst model and activist Angel Dixon and entrepreneur Chaz Prezident have been nominated for Queensland Young Australian of the Year.
Ms Hatton, from Paradise Point, distinguished herself in service to her country in the Australian Regular Army for 20 years. She achieved many firsts for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous servicewomen, including service in Afghanistan.
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Lorraine now plays a significant role in community leadership, serving with multiple community organisations including Titans 4 Tomorrow, the Brisbane Broncos Indigenous Girls’ Academy program and the Preston Campbell Foundation.
Vying for the title of Qld Young Australian of the Year, Angel was the first agency signed model with a physical impairment to feature in a national television campaign.
The two-time Mercedes Benz Fashion Week model is a passionate activist for disability inclusion. She is a blogger, speaker, advocacy manager for not-for-profit, Starting With Julius, CEO of the Attitude Foundation and designer of an upcoming range of walking canes.
Fellow nominee Chaz is the founder of equity crowdfunding platform, Crowdfunding.com.au. The platform gives Australian companies and start-ups access to capital and Australians a stake in an enterprise for a small investment. As volunteer President, Chaz has grown the Gold Coast Junior Chamber of Commerce dramatically in the past 18 months.
National Australia Day Council CEO, Ms Karlie Brand, said the trio are among more than 120 people being recognised in all States and Territories as part of the 2019 Australian of the Year Awards.
“The Queensland nominees are extraordinary people doing what they see needs doing most,” said Ms Brand.
“Through their experiences, skills and contributions, they are all making a difference and making their mark.”
The Qld Australian of the Year Awards will take place at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on Friday 9 November.
The Queensland award recipients will then join other State and Territory winners from around Australia in the national awards, which will be held in Canberra on 25 January 2019.
A full list of the 2019 Queensland Australian of the Year Award Nominees can be found below:
2019 QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR
Lorraine Hatton – Veteran and community leader (Paradise Point)
Jon Rouse – Detective Inspector and children’s champion (Ashgrove)
Tony Sharp – Social entrepreneur (Bethania)
Dr Harry Stalewski – Founding father of paediatric surgery in North Queensland (Townsville)
2019 QUEENSLAND SENIOR AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR
Lillian Burke – Community elder and volunteer (Gympie)
Professor James Dale AO – Scientist (Moggill)
Professor John Grant-Thomson AM RFD – Medical engineer and inventor (New Farm)
Sandra Richards – Farmer, environmentalist and volunteer (Townsville)
2019 QUEENSLAND YOUNG AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR
Angel Dixon – Model and activist (Gold Coast)
Kristen Larsen – Activist and volunteer (Upper Kedron)
Chaz Prezident – Entrepreneur (Bundall)
Mikhara Ramsing – Social enterprise CEO, youth suicide activist (Anstead)
2019 QUEENSLAND LOCAL HERO
Joan Beacroft – Social justice advocate (Bloomfield)
Elijah Buol – Advocate (Regents Park)
Elisabeth Ewen – Swimming coach volunteer (Stafford Heights)
Barbara Kienast – Volunteer (Samford)