Seven outstanding individuals and a medical research institution have joined the list of Queensland Greats, honoured for their philanthropy, innovation, advocacy and cultural impact in Queensland and abroad.
Presenting the 21st Queensland Greats Awards at the Queensland Art Gallery, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said this year’s recipients personified the caring and compassionate spirit of the state.
“I’m proud to highlight the inspiring stories of the selfless and pioneering Queenslanders honoured at this year’s Queensland Greats Awards,” the Premier said.
“They have cared for children in the Torres Strait, found emergency housing for the homeless, discovered new treatments for infectious diseases, helped to advance medical science, and championed women’s financial opportunities and reproductive health.
“Through their contributions to education, the arts, social work, housing, health and research, our Queensland Greats have helped us live healthier, happier, more informed and more fulfilled lives.
“I thank all of our 2021 Queensland Greats for their advocacy and life-long commitment to advancing Queensland.”
The 2021 Queensland Greats are:
- Humanitarian and women’s health champion, Professor Ajay Rane OAM
- Wellbeing champion for the Torres Strait Islands and proud member of the Kupai Omasker Working Party, Aunty Ivy Trevallion
- Arts and education philanthropists, the late Dr Margaret Mittelheuser AM and Dr Cathryn Mittelheuser AM
- Nurse, hospital administrator and advocate for homeless women, Isobel (Pixie) Annat MBE OAM
- Social justice advocate and CEO of Micah Projects, Karyn Walsh AM
- Scientist, bioethicist and educator, the late Sister Regis Mary Dunne AO RSM
- Pioneering medical researchers, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute
116 individuals and 17 institutions have now been honoured as Queensland Greats since the awards began in 2001 and are honoured with a commemorative plaque at Roma Street Parkland.
“This week as we celebrate Queensland Day, and as Queenslanders share their own stories with the #myQLDstory hashtag, I also encourage everyone to reflect on other individuals and organisations to nominate for next year’s Queensland Greats,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
For more about the 2021 Queensland Greats Awards recipients and to submit a nomination for the 2022 Awards visit www.qld.gov.au/qldgreats
Nominations close Monday 31 January 2022, with recipients announced as part of next year’s Queensland Day celebrations.