Dr Janet Reynolds Award for Service to HEIA(Q)

This is awarded for outstanding service to HEIA(Q) over an extended period of time.

Dr Janet Reynolds Award for Service to HEIA(Q)

The Dr Janet Reynolds Award is awarded for outstanding service to HEIA(Q) over an extended period of time. The HEIA(Q) Committee of Management decides on the recipients of this award, which is typically presented at the HEIA(Q) annual conference. Two awards were made in the inaugural year, and one has been made each year thereafter:

2019
2018
2017

2016
2015

Derryn Acutt
Rosemarie Sciacca
Susan Smith
Aileen Lockhart
Denise McManus
Cheryl Conroy

Recipient of the HEIA(Q) 2019 Dr Janet Reynolds Service Award


The 2019 award was presented to Derryn Acutt of The Cathedral College in Rockhampton, in front of over 350 of her peers at the HEIA(Q) state conference on 10 August 2019.

Derryn has taught at The Cathedral College in Rockhampton since 1995. Whilst at the college, Derryn has held various positions including Dean of Technology and Academic Dean (Hospitality). In the broader community she has been a panellist and then chair of the Home Economics Rockhampton District Review panel and Regional Representative for round five of accreditation for Early Childhood school programs.

But the Dr Janet Reynolds Award is for outstanding service to HEIA(Q) over an extended period of time, and that is what was celebrated at the conference. In her role of Rockhampton Regional Co-ordinator for the HEIA(Q) Professional Development Program, Derryn has made a significant contribution to our members’ ongoing professional development. She has held this role for a substantial period—some 15 years—and is recognised not only for her length of time in the role but also for the aplomb with which she has carried it out. We recognise the huge commitment that this has been, thank you Derryn.

Those who have presented at or participated in workshops organised by Derryn have experienced first hand the expertise with which she carries out her role. From the perspectives of participants, presenters and the professional development committee, Derryn is known for her extremely efficient, calm and professional way of operating. Thanks to her to efforts, professional development in Rockhampton has happened so smoothly. The HEIA(Q) Committee of Management concurs with her colleagues’ comments that her no-fuss way of dealing with matters really drives things—in a good way—and that her attention to detail makes her a great coordinator. The committee wholeheartedly endorses the comment made by another of Derryn’s colleagues, that ‘she is super organised’!

With this approach, Derryn has actively embraced the new ideas presented in the regional workshop programs and enthusiastically supported the entire program. She was one of the first to pioneer holding a HEIA(Q) regional full-day workshop on a weekday, rather than on a Saturday. In the first year of this initiative, participant numbers went through the roof and they have never looked back. Rockhampton workshops are now firmly scheduled as a weekday program—as are those for Mackay and Townsville.

Sadly, after more than 15 years of service, this year Derryn is leaving the role as Rockhampton Regional Co-ordinator for the HEIA(Q) Professional Development Program. While we are sad to lose Derryn’s expertise in this role, we are happy to honour her with the Dr Janet Reynolds Award for outstanding service to HEIA(Q) in her last year in it. Congratulations Derryn and thank you for all that you have done!

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