2016 Australia Day Awards

The 2016 Lord Mayor's Australia Day Awards recognised those individuals who significantly improve the lives of individuals and the community and contribute to the city's vision of a diverse, friendly and strong community.

2016 Lord Mayor's Australia Day Award winners

Winner profiles

Citizen of the year - Marjorie McNamara

With an unwavering passion for helping those in need, Marjorie McNamara has made a significant contribution to her local community against all odds.

Marjorie was a victim of domestic violence and raised her three children alone. She worked six days a week washing clothes to provide for her young family. Marjorie has dedicated more than 30 years to extensive voluntary work impacting thousands within her community.

In 1984, she became heavily involved in Bramble Bay Little Athletics when her children showed an interest in the sport. Marjorie dedicated the next seven years as a volunteer and held positions of recorder, registrar, treasurer and secretary. In 1992, Marjorie was elected the first female Queensland President of Little Athletics. She was subsequently elected President of Australian Little Athletics in 2000 – again the first time a female was elected to the post. Marjorie was awarded a Life Membership with Australian Little Athletics and she continues to attend the organisation’s annual conferences.

Marjorie dedicates her time to the welfare of the disadvantaged through her involvement with All About Living, a not-for-profit organisation based in Sandgate. All About Living provides social and domestic support to residents with a disability and elderly residents to live as independently as possible in their own homes.

Marjorie joined the board of All About Living in 2004 at a time when the organisation was experiencing financial hardship. She was elected President of the Board in 2008 and has been the driving force behind All About Living’s continued survival.

In addition to full-time employment, Marjorie volunteered a further 40 hours per week of her own time to All About Living. All About Living is now flourishing and assists more than 600 elderly and people with disabilities within the local area. Today, Marjorie remains a board member and volunteers more than 12 hours per week for the organisation.

“Marjorie’s nurturing genes combined with her genuine love of her local community makes her an incredibly inspiring role model for the next generation. Her early achievements, which transcended the traditional expectations of women at the time, are to be admired.”
– Nominator

Senior Citizen of the Year - Kenneth Dixon

Kenneth (Ken) Dixon has demonstrated true commitment to the Sandgate community and the game of cricket through his voluntary work at Sandgate-Redcliffe District Cricket Club.

Ken joined the Sandgate-Redcliffe executive committee in 1973 and was elected assistant secretary in 1982. Since 1991, he has been club secretary and has been instrumental in the day-to-day functioning of the club, from attracting new players and organising member registrations, to assisting with club enquiries and being on-call 24/7.

Ken has a strong desire to continually improve club grounds and facilities, including the submission of government grants to better equip the club. In addition to his role as secretary, Ken has taken on a number of other voluntary duties at Sandgate-Redcliffe, including juniors’ coach, mentor to budding cricketers and stand-in groundsman. Ken has always been passionate about cricket being available to all members of the community. In 1995, he introduced women’s cricket to Sandgate-Redcliffe and the club is now home to five members of the Queensland Women’s Cricket Team – more than any other district team.

At 6am every Saturday and Sunday morning, Ken is down at the club pulling off covers and rolling wickets to ensure the pitches are ready. He also spends up to four days a week mowing the club’s three ovals to make sure the fields are at their absolute best for game day. Ken willingly volunteers more than 25 hours per week to the club’s wicket preparation and maintenance, outside of his duties as secretary.

Ken is also responsible for establishing scholarship exchange programs with teams from Papua New Guinea and New Zealand. For the 2006-07 season, the club was fortunate to receive five Auckland Aces players who played for the start of the season, with all involved gaining valuable experience in the process.

An advocate for the Sandgate community, Ken has been involved with providing community cricket events at Sandgate festivals for more than 20 years.

“Ken’s selfless and compassionate nature has been an asset for Sandgate-Redcliffe. His willingness to accommodate all members of the community without question is to be commended and the work he undertakes behind the scenes is exceptional. Ken is seen as a true role model for many up-and-coming players and his approachability is to be admired.”
– Nominator

Young Citizen of the Year - Jessica Hickey

Jessica Hickey is a motivated 22-year-old university student who also works part-time and volunteers within her local community. In 2011, Jessica joined the Ecumenical Coffee Brigade where she volunteers with their city van on a monthly basis, delivering tea, coffee, sandwiches and companionship to the homeless. For the last two years, Jessica and the Ecumenical Coffee Brigade have supported Homeless Connect, helping to share information with the homeless about the services available.

Jessica is also a member of a musical group from St Joseph’s Bracken Ridge who visits Jacana – an acquired brain injury centre at Bracken Ridge – every three weeks, providing an ecumenical service followed by a sing along for residents. She plays the piano and sings, providing entertainment to the residents.

In 2011, Jessica joined the planning committee for Joseph and Anthony Fellowship of the Arts. This performing arts group presents musicals and concerts for the local community and Jessica has been involved in five productions to date.

In 2012, Jessica formed part of a capella group called The Notabelles, performing free of charge for a variety of community events including the Einpunbin Festival in Sandgate, fundraising events for Motor Neurone Disease, retirement villages, child care centres and any other community events as requested.

Additionally, she is a member of the Music Ministry at Joseph’s Bracken Ridge Parish and shares her musical talents in many ways including playing piano and singing regularly at mass. She also coordinates a group of young musicians to lead a youth mass every six weeks.

Jessica is also a member of SALT, a young adult group, which has been involved in outreach programs such as organising Christmas hampers for the families of prisoners.

“Jessica is a young woman who puts others first and enjoys volunteering. She is an inspiration to her generation.” 
– Nominator

Corporate Citizen of the Year - Willims Motor Group

Willims Motor Group (Willims) is passionate about Brisbane and demonstrates this by supporting multiple worthy organisations and local causes. In the last 12 months alone, Willims has donated more than $270,000 to many local charities, schools and community events.

As a proud corporate partner of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust, Willims hosts an annual Riverfire and Ice Event, fundraising almost $50,000 for the Trust to date. For the past five years, Willims formed foundation partnerships with a number of local schools including Somerville House, Ironside State School, Brisbane Grammar and Clayfield College.

The company also regularly supports many of the smaller and lesser-known Brisbane charities including ManUp!, the Gala Ball supporting prostate cancer, the Pink Lunch supporting breast cancer, the Variety Chef’s Ball supporting the Children’s Charity of Queensland, A Right Royal Affair supporting Brisbane Women’s Hospital, Hear & Say’s La Dolce Vita Gala Event, the White Ball supporting The Smith Foundation, and Mothers Night Out Event supporting Mummy’s Wish Foundation.

Willims continues to be actively involved in the local Brisbane community, making a real difference to the lives of many and is a great example of a Brisbane company giving back to our city.

Community Event of the Year - Mount Gravatt Show

The Mount Gravatt Show is a yearly tradition for many locals and this year marked its 100th milestone. The show has been held on the same site almost continuously since 1915.

Held at the Mount Gravatt Showgrounds, the show offers a friendly community feel, similar to shows in regional towns. Offering an affordable day out for the family, including fireworks, rides, entertainment, animals, food and horticultural pavilions, the show ensures there is something for everyone to see and do.

This show also allows locals to showcase their skills through competitions including cake decorations, needlework and student photography, to name a few.

Each year, the Mount Gravatt Show attracts large crowds, offering a fun-filled affordable show, attracting both the local and broader community.

Australia Day Cultural/Arts Award - Denis Madigan

Denis Madigan has made an extraordinary contribution to the cultural life of Brisbane in his role as President of the Kelvin Grove Wind Orchestra (KGWO) for nearly 20 years. Having been President of KGWO for the entirety of its lifespan, Denis is literally the heart and soul of the group. As a result of his leadership, the KGWO has provided more than 240 amateur musicians with the opportunity to experience the sheer pleasure of playing in a community orchestra and forged lasting friendships with like-minded members of the community.

With his vast knowledge of music, Denis has produced a themed concert three times each year, not only selecting the works to be performed but also engaging concert guest artists from within the local area. These include up-and-coming singers and instrumentalists as well as community choirs and dance groups. In addition to his role as President, Denis volunteers his time building sets for performances, taking official photography and acting as the orchestra librarian.

Additionally, the KGWO Committee, under Denis’ leadership, supports many organisations and music groups. This includes performing at fundraising events and retirement villages, donating time and concert proceeds to charities, conducting workshops with other music groups, donating sheet music to local and regional bands, producing concerts in conjunction with other cultural groups and even spreading KGWO’s influence further afield by hosting a visiting band from Germany.

“There can be few volunteers who have had such a positive and quantifiable impact upon so many in the Brisbane arts/cultural scene as a result of Denis Madigan’s guidance of the KGWO for nearly 20 years.” 
– Nominator

Australia Day Sports Award - David Hodge

David Hodge is the Founder and Director of the not-for-profit organisation Return Serve, dedicated to developing healthier lives and brighter futures through tennis. Return Serve delivers sustainable, community-based tennis programs and coaching pathways for people of all abilities and backgrounds, particularly those experiencing social or financial barriers to participation.

David has excelled at coaching high-level performance players from junior through to professional level. After seeing many players achieve at the highest level, he was inspired to ensure that the far-reaching benefits of sport were available to all members of the community to participate, irrespective of their background.

Return Serve has now delivered approximately 8000 participation hours to more than 1400 people from all walks of life, including people with disabilities, Indigenous, refugees and other multicultural groups and people from low socioeconomic backgrounds. David has engaged more than 250 volunteers, whose dedication has made the program possible.

The Return Serve program is unique to any other in tennis as the focus is on bringing the community together, building self-esteem and confidence, enhancing health and wellbeing and developing life skills.

“David continues to play an essential role in sharing his passion and great Aussie spirit for giving back and creating opportunities for others in the community. He is truly inspirational.” 
– Nominator

Lord Mayor's Green Heart Award: Individual - Margaret Buchanan

Margaret Buchanan was a foundation member of the Brandon Road Bushcare Group, part of Brisbane City Council’s Habitat Brisbane program, commencing more than 10 years ago.

Along with her late husband Frank, Margaret started their volunteer work with the Brandon Road Bushcare Group as an activity to enjoy in their retirement. They quickly progressed to group leaders, which involved undertaking training and organising the monthly working bees as well as preparing new sites for future working bees.

Margaret has continued this hands-on work as group leader, liaising with Council to plan activities for the site, including working with various environmental agencies. The group actively works with the local community via monthly working bees and reaches an even wider audience when partnering with the annual National Tree Day, Clean Up Australia Day and Bushcare’s Major Day Out. One such event in 2015 attracted more than 70 volunteers.

She maintains and stores much of the group’s equipment at her home and personally loads/unloads the equipment for each working bee. Margaret also organises morning teas or sausage sizzles every month for the team of volunteers.

“It is the constant and reliable support that Margaret provides to the group that keeps the group running and able to achieve the environmental goals at the site.”
– Nominator

Lord Mayor's Green Heart Award: Organisation - Mount Gravatt Environment Group

Mount Gravatt Environment Group is dedicated to their local environment. Their mantra ‘bringing birds and butterflies back to suburbia’, is achieved by the careful planning and implementation of many projects within the local community including mountain and gully restoration and various flora and fauna projects. The group has been responsible for the rehabilitation of Fox Gully into a vibrant wildlife corridor.

The group works closely with other community organisations to ensure maximum outcome and benefits for Mount Gravatt.

Australia Day Achievement Awards

Christine Bunn

During the 2011 Brisbane floods, Christine Bunn saw a real need to help affected families with home-cooked meals. She, along with other volunteers from Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, lovingly cooked and delivered many meals to the Ipswich community to help out in their time of need.

In 2012, Christine expanded the Church’s Meals4You program to run in partnership with her children’s school, Prince of Peace Lutheran College, as a way of assisting local families in times of stress or sickness with a delicious home-cooked meal packed with a Bible Scripture of hope. Meals4You is now well known both in and out of the school and church and to date 5000 meals have been hand delivered.

In 2014, Christine started Meals4You Youth Ministry, coordinating seven grade five and grade 10 students to make chocolate slices, which are then delivered with the meals as a treat to go in children’s lunch boxes.

Christine continues to serve her community without any want of recognition. Aside from all of the hard work she does, Christine is to be commended for creating and maintaining a positive and friendly group where anyone can come along and feel a part of something great.

Alan Burchill

Alan Burchill has been an active member of the Local Ambulance Committee (LAC) at the Mount Gravatt Queensland Ambulance Station since 2004. Within 12 months, Alan became President of the LAC and under his guidance, it has been very successful in applying for and receiving financial grants and donations, for the purchase of equipment for both the ambulance staff and items for the station. Alan is often organising barbeques at the local hardware store to fundraise and increase awareness of the LAC.

He is also an active member of the scouting movement, teaching first aid and CPR classes at local community events and venues such as school fetes, libraries and Neighbourhood Watch, Rotary and Probus organisations. Alan is able to adapt his classes for both adults and children at their various levels of learning and understanding.

Alan is hard working and dedicated to educating the local community.

Julia Collins

Julia Collins has provided 20 years of continuous service as a volunteer to the Ascot State School in many capacities, foremost as President of the tuckshop and an active member of the Parents and Citizens Association.

She has worked tirelessly by taking on major roles at the school such as the organisation of the bi-annual school fair on multiple occasions. However, it is in the school’s tuckshop where Julia has made a remarkable contribution over many years. Julia’s role as the Tuckshop Committee President requires her to organise the menus, source supplies, maintain and purchase equipment, fundraising, organisation of tuckshop volunteer staff and home baking. She also assists in the uniform shop and is always willing to volunteer her time to participate in any roles where she is needed.

Julia’s dedication and commitment demonstrates her unwavering passion for helping others and she is an inspiration for many parents to contribute in voluntary roles.

Wendy Drysdale

Wendy Drysdale has been an active volunteer since the age of 17, working tirelessly over many years for a variety of community groups and charities.

In 2015, Wendy was recognised by Girl Guides Queensland for providing 25 years of service to the organisation, having held numerous positions with the Wellers Hill Girl Guides District including guide leader. She is very well known for her exceptional fundraising ability for the group. In addition, for the past 15 years, Wendy has supported the Brisbane MacGregor Lions Club – particularly through their fundraising initiatives for medical research. During this time, she was the driving force behind fundraising campaigns that raised more than $75,000 for The Brisbane Royal Children’s and Women’s Hospital and the Transitional Research Centre at the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

As the daughter of an original member of the 2/10th Field Regiment, Wendy has actively served on the 2/10th Field Regiment Committee since 2003. She has organised and led two overseas pilgrimages of Prisoners of War relatives to both the Singapore and Burma Thai Railways, with a further trip planned for 2017 to Singapore and Malaysia. Wendy has also planned numerous annual memorial services and events to celebrate milestone anniversaries. With 2015 marking the 75th anniversary of the formation of the regiment, Wendy organised a range of events to recognise the importance of this occasion.

Wendy has gone above and beyond, serving the Brisbane community for decades – always willing to go the extra mile to support the many community groups that she is involved with.

Jennifer Egan and Debra Fallon

As Co-convenors of the Patrons of New Farm, Jennifer Egan and Debra Fallon have been active members of the management committee for the New Farm Neighbourhood Centre (NFNC) for the past six years. The NFNC has been established for more than 25 years.

NFNC established the Patrons of New Farm program in 2010 to engage local people and provide resources to support marginalised people on the New Farm peninsula. The Patrons of New Farm is a vibrant and successful philanthropic group consisting of local businesses, organisations, churches and individuals. Funds raised through the Patrons of New Farm are used to directly help local people find secure accommodation, engage in recreational and therapeutic activities, and engage in rehabilitation programs. Patrons are asked to contribute $1000 per year to be involved, which provides them with various opportunities to link with and personally support the marginalised people who live locally – the idea being Patrons of New Farm can fix any problem by engaging with the right people.

Initially, the program was limited to 20 confirmed patrons, providing limited success. In 2012, Jennifer and Debra became co-convenors of the Patrons of New Farm and added a whole new level of social expertise, event management experience and community engagement. Volunteering their time and energy via organising networking events and ensuring the financial and administrative processes were streamlined and steering the group towards engaging their significant personal and professional networks, the program has now flourished to more than 50 patrons providing substantial donations and volunteering. NFNC’s annual funding has increased by 40% allowing for the provision of more groups, activities and tailored responses to individuals.

The program is the thriving backbone of support for NFNC and its success is due to the efforts of Jennifer and Debra.

Rachel Griffiths

Rachel Griffiths has made an invaluable contribution to the environment through her work with The Hut Environment and Community Association, The Pullen Pullen Catchments Group and the Rural Environment Planning Association (REPA).

She is the Treasurer of REPA while also being a founding member of the Chapel Hill Environment Education Centre (The Hut). The Hut’s focus is environmental awareness, education and action and Rachel has been instrumental in driving the activities of The Hut including family activities, night walks, bird walks and workshops.

Rachel has been on the management committee for both REPA and The Hut, having held various executive positions in a voluntary capacity for more than 20 years.

John and Keryn Henderson

John and Keryn Henderson have been central to the Brisbane Ukulele Musicians Society Inc. (BUMS) activities for the last five years. During this time, they have actively moved BUMS forward, filling in multiple committee positions to ensure the group continues to thrive. John, as Club President, and Keryn, as Secretary/Treasurer, attend a multitude of BUMS activities each month. They have also been instrumental in overseeing the Society’s role in fundraising activities for organisations including Radio Lollipop for Children in Hospital, Pyjama Foundation, Parkinson’s Queensland and Canteen, to name a few.

One of the key initiatives of BUMS has been to promote the benefits of playing ukulele to enthuse and encourage children to learn to play music. Keryn has created a separate resource for teachers to promote music through ukulele in the classroom in line with the current Queensland curriculum. They have been the driving force in seeing school ukulele activities become an integral part of Brisbane’s ukulele festival – SPRUIKE.

For the past three years, John and Keryn have also ensured that the Brisbane ukulele festival has been a success, giving up their time to participate in the organising committee, encouraging other committee members and providing guidance and support where needed. In addition to their committee contributions, both John and Keryn have been active musical members of BUMS, performing in several different ukulele ensembles and representing BUMS at interstate ukulele festivals.

Una Hillier

Una Hillier started playing golf croquet 11 years ago. Una developed her skills and soon became the golf croquet captain and a qualified referee. As well as this, Una also began managing tournaments for club and state events.

Apart from her officiating duties, for many years Una set up the courts for the afternoon and provided a traditional afternoon tea complete with tea cups, saucers and tablecloths for members to enjoy, while sharing any club news and upcoming events that may be of interest.

At club level, Una could always be relied on to support any function, providing her homemade cakes and assisting with stalls or in any capacity as required.

Reluctantly, last year Una resigned from her position due to ill health, however she continues to actively volunteer for the club including assisting at functions and tournaments. Una is a selfless person that does not look for accolades and is eager to get involved and help others.

Belinda Karnaghan

Belinda Karnaghan has made a significant contribution to the community as President of Centenary Community Connections (CCC), a not-for-profit community group that supports all members of the Centenary Suburbs community. She is also the Volunteer Manager for the Centenary Hub, a facility based at the Mount Ommaney Shopping Centre, which is home to several key community organisations, service clubs and various community project teams.

Belinda fundraises for different community groups through several projects and events including Music in the Hub, CCC Drive-in Movie Night and CCC Brings Santa and His Sleigh.

One of the largest events that CCC organises is the Centenary Rocks Festival – a two-day free festival designed to bring the community together through live music, dance acts, fireworks, market stalls, games and rides. This event alone takes many months to organise. Every year as Event Director, Belinda steps up and works tirelessly to organise this free event, which attracts large crowds of people coming together to feel part of a community. Without Belinda’s dedication and appreciation of the community, many of these events would not have been possible.

Grant Richards

Grant Richards has made an outstanding contribution to the Brisbane community by improving the lives of homeless people and others suffering hardship.

Grant, or ‘Grant the Polite Guy’, as affectionately known by many, had a successful career as a head chef when an horrific accident in 2009 changed his life. A stairwell collapsed on him, requiring a nine-month hospital stay. He was eventually discharged wearing a back brace and a walking frame. Shortly after, he became homeless.

He started selling The Big Issue and regained his confidence. People from all walks of life got to know ‘Grant the Polite Guy’, because of his friendly manner. With the little money he earned as a Big Issue vendor, Grant bought food for other homeless people and invited them to talk so he could find out how he could help them further.

In 2011, while still homeless, Grant started Barbeques for the Homeless and Others in Need, where people are provided with free food, clothing and toiletries. At the same time, Grant also founded Signal Flare Inc., which focuses on providing homeless people and others suffering hardship with essential living items and food, with a strong emphasis on social inclusion. Approximately 400 people attended the first barbeque and Grant continues to organise these events every eight weeks or so. Some attendees have gained employment or accommodation at these events. What Grant does, he does from the heart. He contributes enormously to the wellbeing of our homeless and inspires others to do the same.

Ben Ryan

Ben Ryan has always been an active school volunteer for the Virginia State School community. In 2009, he took his volunteering duties to a new level when he started a free after-school program called Ben’s Running Club, a physical activity program aimed at getting children away from screens and becoming more active.

Ben increased the sessions at the local school, escalating the activity and fitness levels and providing support and encouragement for the participants. Before long there were up to 80 kids attending his twice-weekly sessions. His positive attitude made a huge difference to each of the children, with many gaining physical confidence to participate in activities never before attempted.

Seeing a greater need in the community, Ben created FIT’SCOOL, an incorporated and self-funded charity aimed at increasing the activity levels of school children and their parents. He worked tirelessly donating his time and money to the cause. In July 2014, Ben suffered an horrific accident while volunteering at his son’s local footy club due to a barbeque gas flash fire, suffering burns to 12% of his body. He did not let his injuries keep him down for long. Although Ben is still dealing with the effects of the accident, he continues to volunteer his time and resources to building the FIT’SCOOL charity.

In addition to supporting children in after-school programs, Ben has also added free parent fitness programs with a clear focus on social inclusion, community engagement and physical and mental health.

Ben is a local hero making a difference to the lives of all the people he meets.

Anne Spooner

Anne Spooner has been volunteering across the Brisbane area since the late 1990s. During this time, Anne has been an active member of a number of bushcare groups, Northern Catchment Network and the Interpretive Volunteer program.

Early on, Anne saw a need within the local community for preservation and education about the environment, focusing on the Boondall Wetlands, Tinchi Tamba, Chermside Hills and Raven Street Reserves. She has extensive knowledge of plant communities across these areas and puts her hand up on a regular basis to train others and share this knowledge. Anne works with volunteers, Council staff and the wider community and has been a mentor to many over the years. She organises regular weed training for volunteers and staff at Council’s environment centres and also reviews interpretive signage and display content.

Anne has also produced many resources to help people identify what they see at the Boondall Wetlands, Chermside Hills and Raven Street Reserves. She has contributed significantly to the Brisbane community and towards the protection and enhancement of the natural environment.

Staccato Strings

In 2012, Kalinda Ka Wai Cheung, Nathan Chi-Hieu Ngo, Samantha Wing Long Suen and Felix Yat Tin Yuen, formed Staccato Strings as a way of sharing their passion for music by holding musical performances for retirement communities across Brisbane and its surrounding areas.

Staccato Strings has two goals – the first is to bring music into the lives of the community, predominately focusing on the community’s seniors. The quartet believes that through giving these performances, they are helping to close the generation gap. The second is to live up to its name. The word ‘staccato’ can be defined as a sound or note that is detached. To string players, this means the shortening of the bow’s strokes, thus creating a sense of surprise, excitement and vitality brought to every performance.

Staccato Strings has also collaborated and performed with the Marycrest Melody Choir to give an Easter Concert in the Giovanni Chapel at Marycrest Hostel in Kangaroo Point. The choir members consist of 17 residents who reside at Marycrest with ages ranging from 68-99 years, with varying degrees of physical and cognitive abilities. The members generously give their free time to rehearse and perform and in turn, provide the residents with a feeling of elation.

The residents particularly enjoy having a cup of tea and a chat with the members of Staccato Strings after the performances.

Dulcima Wilkie

Dulcima Wilkie is an active volunteer, serving her local community through Sailability Bayside, an all-volunteer organisation entirely self-funded via fundraising and donations. Sailability Bayside provides sailing opportunities for people with all types and levels of disability, bringing pleasure and encouraging development while providing a broader life experience.

In 2009, Dulcima became involved with Sailability Bayside as a volunteer, quickly adjusting to the new challenges of working with people with disabilities while being compassionate. This opportunity led to her taking on various executive roles including Sailability Registrar, Assistant Secretary and Vice-President, before her current role as President since 2013.

Dulcima works tirelessly for Sailability Bayside, generating funds and administration and organisation work, to ensure this valuable service continues to be available to Baysiders with a disability and their families. She continues to serve her fellow community members by sharing her time, effort and life experience to improving the lives of others.

Lan-Chih (Dana) Yu

Lan-Chih (Dana) Yu is an active member of the Taiwanese community, devoting her time and effort to the multicultural community. Dana is a past president of World Arts & Multicultural Inc., holding various voluntary positions since 2013. She has organised a number of concerts to showcase Taiwanese culture to the local community.

Dana has also been instrumental in the planning and coordination of several citizenship ceremonies, welcoming new Australian citizens.

With her cultural performing background, Dana has hosted or has been involved in a multitude of multicultural events, including three Taiwanese festival community events and five multicultural music concerts including the Evergreen Symphony Orchestra Concert, playing at both the Sydney Opera House and Brisbane City Hall.

Dana has devoted herself to many different and varied events during her time as president, providing a significant contribution to the local multicultural community.