Life Memberships and Volunteers Awards

Life Membership enables the Centre to honour and thank members for guiding our direction over the years and enabling the Centre to provide access to community legal to the people of Central Queensland

LIFE MEMBERS – 2019

Adrienne Jackson
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Adrienne’s involvement with the Centre began in the mid 1990’s when she first jointed as a member of the Centre.  She was elected to the Management Committee in 2005 and over the ensuing years she held the positions of Secretary, Treasurer and Committee Member until her retirement from the Management Committee in 2018.   Adrienne commitment to the Centre was at the personal level through donating her time to the  Centre management and at a business level providing assistance to our clients through former business Commercial Legal Services and still remains an active member of the Centre.
Lauren Farrelly
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Lauren first joined the  Centre as a member in 2011 and in 2012 was appointed to the Management Committee as President.  Lauren retained the role of President for 6 years and  retired from the role of  President in late 2018.  In addition to her full time role as a Solicitor, Lauren gave unstintingly of her time and skills to ensure the Centre achieved its goals and  provided guidance for the Centre as it refocused its geographical footprint through providing in person access to legal assistance across the broader Central Queensland area.  Lauren remains as an active member of the Centre.

LIFE MEMBERS – 2020

Wayne Jones
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Wayne Jones has been a member of the Management Committee for longer than seven years since the 2012 annual general meeting.  He was vice-president for four years from 2013 to 2017 and filled the positions of secretary from 2012-13 and treasurer from 2018-19 to close gaps in the organization’s management structure.
He has always been an active Management Committee member. Wayne made a particular contribution as an energetic strategic thinker who came up with solutions to a large number of challenges which the Centre has faced.
He was a key member of the group which brought the Centre’s finances and management under control in 2012-15. Wayne successfully used his links with the community as well as the legal profession to encourage new people to nominate for positions on the Management Committee and breathe fresh life into the organization.
From his position as the University’s legal officer and a lecturer in the law program, Wayne was able to build effective links between the Centre and the Faculty of Business and Law. This resulted in the creation of the Robert Fisher Legal Clinic jointly by the Centre and Faculty as well as the appointment of three cadets/law students to help the Centre with its work load.
In spite of his shift to the Sunshine Coast, Wayne continued as a member of the Management Committee. His experience and knowledge will continue to play an important part in guiding the Centre.

VOLUNTEERS AWARDS

Volunteer of the Year Award – 2019

Grant & Simpson

Founded in Rockhampton in 1897 Grant & Simpson service clients throughout Australia. Grant & Simpson are committed to continuing the firm’s long tradition of delivering legal services of a high standard at a reasonable cost.

Grant & Simpson

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Founded in Rockhampton in 1897 Grant & Simpson service clients throughout Australia. Grant & Simpson are committed to continuing the firm’s long tradition of delivering legal services of a high standard at a reasonable cost.
When the Centre first sought volunteers to enable the establishment of its evening clinic in 2016, three staff from Grant and Simpson volunteered their time to assist those who may not have been able to afford legal advice.
The initial volunteers were Allan Grant (partner), Katherine Lord (associate partner), and Bianca White (lawyer). Joshua Morgan (lawyer), who replaced Bianca White on the roster, was a student volunteer at the Centre for two years before his admission.
In 2018, demand for advice within the area of estates administration exceeded the Centre’s capacity and John Siganto (partner) volunteered to undertake a monthly outreach clinic in Rockhampton to assist our clients with their legal problems.
The staff at Grant & Simpson have assisted the Centre to achieve its Mission Statement of sustainable and accessible legal services for the Central Queensland Community. Further the contribution of their time and knowledge has underpinned the Centre’s goals in providing and supporting client services.
The contribution made to the Centre and its clients highlights their dedication and commitment to social justice through the provision of access to law and justice for the socio-economically.

Volunteer of the Year Award – 2020

Justin French
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Justin has been a volunteer for five years and has been unstinting in the hours he has dedicated to the Centre.
He started his involvement assisting with the client intake processes and providing support to clients and staff with the completion of forms, drafting letters etc. In addition to this work he assisted in the administration aspect of the Centre’s office through:
• Drafting of policies and procedures
• Establishment, maintenance and supervision of social media sites
• Quality control audits
• Training of new volunteers
Justin acts as a role model for volunteering in CQCLC, promoting volunteer services and inspiring other volunteers with his professional skills. After his admission as a Solicitor, Justin volunteered his time and legal skills as a solicitor at employment clinics which he has coordinated. Justin regularly volunteers his time at the Thursday evening clinics, filling in when Solicitors are not able to attend when rostered on, often after a last minute request.
Justin acts as a role model for volunteering in CQCLC, promoting volunteer services and inspiring other volunteers with his professional skills
After his admission as a Solicitor, Justin volunteered his time and legal skills as a solicitor at employment clinics which he has coordinated. Justin regularly volunteers his time at the Thursday evening clinics, filling in when Solicitors are not able to attend when rostered on, often after a last minute request.
Justin embodies the tenets of social justice through continuing to attend as a regular volunteer even after taking up employment with the University and continuing his post graduate studies. He now provides a direct link to CQU acting as an ambassador for the CQCLC, promoting the service of the Centre to staff and students at the University. Justin’s continuing involvement in providing legal advice and assistance to the vulnerable and disadvantaged after such a lengthy period of service is an inspiration to many new law students who view him as a role model.Justin acts as a role model for volunteering in CQCLC, promoting volunteer services and inspiring other volunteers with his professional skills. After his admission as a Solicitor, Justin volunteered his time and legal skills as a solicitor at employment clinics which he has coordinated. Justin regularly volunteers his time at the Thursday evening clinics, filling in when Solicitors are not able to attend when rostered on, often after a last minute request. Justin embodies the tenets of social justice through continuing to attend as a regular volunteer even after taking up employment with the University and continuing his post graduate studies. He now provides a direct link to CQU acting as an ambassador for the CQCLC, promoting the service of the Centre to staff and students at the University. Justin’s continuing involvement in providing legal advice and assistance to the vulnerable and disadvantaged after such a lengthy period of service is an inspiration to many new law students who view him as a role model.