Come along and join our casual morning teas held the third Saturday of each month from 10.00am.

These mornings are very informal which gives members a chance to get-to-know other like minded women

Further information contact:

Bev Hinz:
Joy Ryan:

2020 Events - (preliminary)
2019 Events

Bursary Presentation Breakfast 2019

Was held on Saturday July 6

Recipients of 2019 Undergraduate Bursaries

Kylie Gordon
Bachelor of Environmental Management

Loretta Wilkinson
Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)

Georgia Moore
Bachelor of Biomedical Science

Annaleesa Hinchcliffe
Bachelor of Nursing

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May Breakfast 2019

Guest Speaker – Dr Bridget Boyle

Bridget is a co-founder of debase productions -

Bridget spoke on the highlights and challenges of forging a career in the creative industries.
‘Everyone has a story’.

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International Women’s Day (IWD) Breakfast
- was held on March 2019

Commodore Sarah Sharkey RAN CSC

Director General Garrison Health Operations

Director General Navy Health Services

Commodore Sharkey has served as a Medical Officer in the Royal Australian Navy for more than 20 years. CDRE Sharkey began her service under sponsorship while an undergraduate medical student at the University of Queensland and has since enjoyed a range of postings both at sea and ashore with her clinical background mainly in submarine and diving medicine.

In her more recent career she has enjoyed serving at the Director General level in Joint Health Command and as the Head of the Navy Health Community.

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Bev Hinz Christmas 2018
President Bev Hinz

Bev Hinz with the GWQ SC Christmas Tree, as part of St Mark’s Anglican Church Buderim, Festival Of Christmas Trees.

Book sale November 2018 breakfast raised $257.55. It was organised by Bernice Anderson (seated).

Through the sale of paintings inspired by her recent trip to Central Australia, Sally Chandler has raised over $3,000 to fund a study bursary for indigenous women.

It’sinthebag# - Three shopping trolleys full of donations. The collection was organised by Judy Allinson, to provide women in reduced circumstances (e.g. homeless or in crisis accommodation) with personal items.


International Women’s Day (IWD) Breakfast

Dr Katie Seidler & GWQ SC President Bev Hinz

Katie presented: “The Psychology of Violent Crime: Lessons from the Inside"

The IWD breakfast at Maroochy Surf Club was a function to be remembered. In addition to members, we had a large group of guests, in total, 64 members and guests.

Our guest speaker Dr Katie Seidler was able to present a complex topic in a way that everyone could understand. As Member Robyn Nolan wrote: Our amazing speaker, Dr Katie Seidler, addressed “The Psychology of Violent Crime: Lessons from the Inside”. She wowed us with her twenty years’ experience as a Forensic Psychologist working with the violent and abusive people that others fear and avoid, whether they’ve been in prison, are in danger of incarceration or have been released. She has provided rehabilitation to murderers, violent and sexual offenders, and offers ongoing support after release. She explored the development of criminality from prejudicial childhoods, marked by poverty, abuse and neglect, or socialisation, into crime, by poor role modelling or conditioned by learning; or some or all of these factors. Her professional opinions are welcomed by the courts, media and Police. Her enthusiasm and optimism for the benefits of the work to society were impressive.

We were finally able to formally acknowledge the REP success at the 2017 Community Access Awards. Everyone in attendance was able to have a close look at the stylish trophy – the cheque for $2500 was already in the bank and being used!

A visual presentation on IWD breakfasts past provided many interesting and wonderful memories – from the almost debacles (weather and gales when Senator Claire Moore visited) to the inspirational women that have spoken to us with wisdom and love.

Marie Gracey, Elaine Wise, Barbara Campbell, Donna Lyden

Members Yvonne Koster, Nnenna Ike, Jan Dopson and guest Maureen Turner.

Members Coral Usher, Marilyn Keelty and Kayla Szumer.

The raffle (put together by Jan Leaks-Jones from member and other donations) raised an amazing $372!

Funds raised from this breakfast are directed toward our bursary program for the education of women and girls, including:

  • Undergraduates at USC
  • The STEMM program at Burnside (for young mothers returning to education)
  • Refugee girls at Milpera SHS in Brisbane
Donations welcome.


May 12 Breakfast

Captain Jan Becker
photo courtesy -

Guest Speaker was Captain Jan Becker, midwife, CEO Becker Helicopters Pilot Training, 2017 USC Alumnus Student of the Year, and QLD Woman's Telstra Business Owner Winner. Jan combines her role in the family business with her humanitarian work in Tanzania, assisting mothers and babies.

Australia Day Lunch - 2018

Linda Boyle and Acrostic Winners 2018

The annual Australia Day lunch was held at Palmwoods Hotel on January 15. Many attendees participated in the Acrostic competition, demonstrating that creativity and wit does not just reside in the young. The overall winner was Betty Vawser (right), who admits to being over 90

Note: for information on any of the above, contact Bev Hinz on 0427 947668 or


The 2017 International Women’s Day Breakfast
was held at The Yacht Club, Mooloolaba

Dr Bridie Scott-Park and member Val Ross

The Guest Speaker was Dr Bridie Scott-Parker (Senior USC Research Fellow, National Health and Medical Research Council)

Dr Bridie Scott-Parker leads the Adolescent Risk Research Unit (ARRU) at the University of the Sunshine Coast. As leader of ARRU, Bridie is also interested in adolescent health and wellbeing generally and includes risk taking and the influence of personal, social and structural influence upon risky behaviour.

Theme for 2017 is “Be Bold For Change” – help forge a better working world, a more inclusive, gender equal world.

Bursary Events

2017 Bursary Recipients

Left to right: Committee members Janet Sweatman and Robyn Redknap with Bursary recipients Julie Reeves, Kate Whitaker and Eliza Berry with two other committee members Marijke Boonstra and Committee Chair Judy Allinson


The 2017 Bursary Presentation Breakfast
Was held at the Innovation Centre, University of the Sunshine Coast on 1st July.
Our successful under-graduate bursary winners shared their education journey.