Nine Sunshine Coast residents have been recognised in the Australia Day 2022 Honours list for their contributions to education, medicine, sport, media, community and international criminal investigations.
Mayor Mark Jamieson congratulated the recipients, saying their awards, announced by the Governor General, reflected outstanding service.
“Each of these Australia Day Award recipients has worked extremely hard in their respective professions to make a positive impact on our community and our Nation,” Mayor Jamieson said.
Dr Susan Elizabeth Davis OAM of Eumundi is recognised for service to education and to the performing and regional arts.
Dr Davis is a Founding Member and Life Member of the Sunshine Coast Creative Alliance and served as President from 2007-2019 and Secretary from 2009-2011. She is also a Life Member of Drama Queensland and is the current Director of Publications at Drama Australia
“A warm and generous member of our community, this recognition is very much deserved and acknowledges the difference she has made to our region in the areas of education and the arts,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“Dr Davis provided detailed research and sector engagement advice as a consultant for the development of Council’s 20-year Arts Plan.
“Later, in her role as Chair of the Sunshine Coast Creative Alliance, Dr Davis was a member of the Sunshine Coast Art Advisory Board, its members providing strategic advice to council as it relates to delivering the arts plan.
“The region also knows Dr Davis as a talented artist with a strong interest in performance and audience engagement, as a mentor and supporter of emerging local artists, and as an author of a number of publications on drama and education.
“Dr Davis is now focussing on her ongoing project called Wild Flower Women – which has involved curation of six exhibitions which have explored the lives, work and living legacy of women who changed the world through art.”
“Each and every one of the Sunshine Coast Australia Day Award recipients has made a difference to our residents, our young people and visitors to our region through their skill, dedication and passion in their respective professions.
“Our country is in a better place thanks to their contributions, as well as those of their fellow Australia Day Award recipients across the nation.
“As a strong community, we’ve faced up to the many and varied challenges presented by the global pandemic and I’m humbled by and grateful for the efforts of our high achievers who continue to deliver outstanding contributions to our community in the face of enormous challenges.
“On behalf the Sunshine Coast,, I offer congratulations and thanks to all Australia Day Honours award recipients.