The Honour Board
Honour Board – Excellence Awards
The establishment of the Honour Board is to recognise individuals from across the state for exceptional contributions made to the work and development of Queensland Positive People from the time of its inception. This award will be called the Queensland Positive People EXCELLENCE AWARD and nominations for consideration will be called for each year.
QPP members and others can nominate a member of the community for an award on the Queensland Positive People Honour Board. Eligible persons may be any individual QPP volunteer, former volunteers or noteworthy contributors, staff, and board members, however, will exclude current staff and serving Board members. Posthumous nominations are also eligible.
Awards recognise outstanding individual performance, in which the person has made a significant contribution to QPP or the PLHIV community through an exceptional act or acts and/or has contributed consistently over a substantial period of time.
The Honour Board Committee is established by the QPP board of directors in April each year and consists of one board member, one staff member, and one current volunteer, and is dissolved following the next Annual General Meeting.
The final and complete recommendation(s) made by the Honour Board committee will then go to the Queensland Positive People Board of Directors for ratification. If there is indecision between nominees, the final decision must be made by the Honour Board committee and the decision will be final.
The inaugural (2019) recipients to receive the Queensland Positive People EXCELLENCE AWARD are:
- Reg Carnell
- Sister Angela Mary Doyle AO
- David Bermingham
In 1984 the National People Living With AIDS Coalition (NPLWAC) was established. One of the objectives of the organisation was to set up state PLWHA groups around the country, and members of the coalition travelled around the various states to do this – with reasonable success. There were 79 delegates from Queensland at the Hobart Conference – and one of them was Reg Carnell. Members of the first NPLWAC committee included Reg Carnell from Queensland.
Reg Carnell is acknowledged and remembered as one of the Founders of QPP in 1989. Even though, sadly, he is no longer with us, his legacy lives on strongly and the proof of that is in the continuation of the organisation for the past twenty-four years. We hope that wherever he is, he is very proud that we are carrying on his work.
Sister Angela Mary Doyle AO
Born in Cranny, County Clare Ireland. In 1947, at the age of 21, Sister Angela Mary journeyed to Australia to join the Brisbane Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy. Her early work was in teaching, but within 1 year of arriving in Brisbane she had commenced nursing at the Mater Hospitals in Brisbane.
In 1966, Sister Angela Mary was appointed Administrator of three Mater Public Hospitals in Brisbane – a position she held for 21 years.
Her resolute and visionary guidance helped ensure that the mission of the Sisters of Mercy in bringing health care to those who needed it most remained alive and healthy in Brisbane.
As well as championing the Mater Hospital, Sister Angela Mary has also taken a leading role in championing social justice and community accord on other fronts. These include her pioneering work in establishing support and care for people with HIV and AIDS in 1987 – in the face of staunch disapproval from the Government of the day.
Sister Angela Mary’s outstanding contribution to the Mater Hospital and the Queensland and Australian communities have been recognised in many ways, most notably: the Australian Medical Association – Queensland Branch AMA Award of Distinction in 1989; Queenslander of the Year in 1989; Australian Achiever Award, presented by the Prime Minister of Australia in 1990; The Awarding of an Order of Australia (AO) for service to the community, in 1993; Degree of Doctor of the University in 1991; Degree of Doctor of the Queenland University of Technology in 1997; Premiers Millennium Award in Charity/Welfare; and Premier’s Queensland Greats Award in 2001.
The Hats Off Positive Endeavour (HOPE) Fund was established in February 2006 to provide support to people living with HIV (PLHIV) in Queensland who are in need. The Fund provides small grants of goods and services to PLHIV who are experiencing financial hardship, have a material need and/or are looking to improve their lives.
The Fund is an initiative of Oz Showbiz Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Queensland Positive People (QPP), in partnership with Queensland Healthy Communities (formerly QAHC), and Anglicare Positive Directions.
HOPE Fund cofounder David Bermingham said Hats Off is a rare opportunity to see world-class artists and support a good cause.
2013 is David’s diamond year in showbiz working with some of the biggest stars. He first trod the boards of theatre at the age of thirteen when he worked as a stooge in a magic act. After three years he joined the Mercury Theatre in Queensland and got his grounding in repertory. At nineteen he joined the Elizabethan Theatre Trust as stage manager, he then moved to J C Williamsons. David then went on to produce his own musical productions at the same time becoming a regular in In Melbourne Tonight. In the sixties he was assistant stage manager to the Old Vic, when it toured Australia Starring Vivien Leigh in ‘The Lady of the Camellia’s’ and Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’. In 1974 directed Barry Humphries in ‘Now you can say you saw it’. He returned to Queensland, and for the next 20 years ran his own Theatre Restaurants.
During these years David has chaired the Queensland Variety Club, and until recently was President of the Actors Benevolent Fund and proudly cofounded The HOPE Fund, for those diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. David still remains on the Management Committee.