is affiliated through the Australian Federation of Graduate Women (AFGW,) with Graduate Women International (GWI), which advocates for:
• women’s rights
• equality and empowerment through access to quality secondary and tertiary education, and
• training, up to the highest levels.
Our vision is 100% of girls and women in the world achieving education beyond primary school.
Our unity, strength and vibrancy resides in the fact that every member is a graduate of a tertiary institution, a graduate with a strong belief in action, fellowship and creating opportunities for other women.
Take a moment to imagine a group of approximately 80 Sunshine Coast women:
• From many different walks of life
• From diverse areas of Australia and overseas
• With diverse interests, skills and abilities
• With a keen interest in areas such as education, social justice, the environment, the economy and the arts
Active involvement is a key priority of our organisation. Commitment by members to this ethos has enabled us to grow, evolve and thrive for over 25 years.
Current Executive Committee 2017/2018
Our current President is Ms Bev Hinz who has a background in Education.
Previous Executive Committee 2016/2017
Celebrated 25 Years
GWQ Sunshine Coast celebrated 25 years of support to women and girls in education. This includes financial assistance in the form of bursaries at USC, to refugee students at Milpera SHS, and to the STEMM program at Burnside SHS. Refugee girls from Yeronga SHS are also beneficiaries of support and assistance. 25year member reflections were highlighted and acknowledged and members, guests, partners and friends celebrated this milestone at the Maroochy Surf Club on 7th October, 2016. Our incoming President, Bev Hinz, was acknowledged with an honorary life membership from GWQ President, Dr Mary Crawford, for her outstanding commitment and support to the Sunshine Coast Branch and its initiatives.
In that time of 25 years, support for women and girls in education has included:• $89,500 in undergraduate bursaries to Universty of the Sunshine Coast (USC)
• $9,000 in postgraduate bursaries to USC
• $8,200 in awards for students to undertake rural and remote professional placement
• $5,000 in bursaries to Milpera State High School for exiting female students
• $5,000 donated to STEMM (Supporting Teenagers with Education, Mothering and Mentoring) program at Burnside SHS, in the form of bursaries and other support
• In excess of 40 refugee girls hosted during school vacations, for English improvement and a holiday
• Additional donations to organisations such as SAWA (Support Association for the Women of Afghanistan)
After the dedicated work of President Sylvia Hovey, and with editorial assistance from Past President Bernice Anderson, the second edition of “An Educated Woman” was finally launched. This edition records the lives and thoughts of GWQ SC members (including their university and professional experiences), and follows the initial book, which was completed in 2001.
SC Member Helen McBride (Past National President of AFUW Qld) presented an excellent tribute and history of “An Educated Woman” and officially launched this volume.
Professor Karen Nelson (who had recently joined the USC faculty as Pro Vice Chancellor – Students) attended, representing USC and spoke of the close connections between GWQ SC and USC.