Presidents report

BPCAQ has had an exceptional 2018/2019 financial year and it is gratifying to see the successful implementation of the Goondiwindi Nurse and the “Connecting the Unconnected” project, and most recently hosting the Mackay seminar.

It was wonderful to mark the 25th Anniversary of BPCAQ in November last year and for many of the past board members to reunite at the luncheon that was held at Hillstone St Lucia.

The subcommittees are to be congratulated for their tireless work in raising awareness and funds for each of their own districts. Most districts have seen an increase in donations and recognition of their services provided to patients and nurses. A special mention to both the St George and Goondiwindi volunteers who were instrumental in attracting the funds for the Goondiwindi nurse that were largely provided by the Weengallon Ladies Day committee, whom we thank most sincerely for their many years of support for the Goondiwindi and St George Nurses and patient grants.

We are pleased to have commenced the establishment of “Connecting the Unconnected” Nurse Networking and Professional Peer Support project. We thank the Queensland Breast Cancer Health Professionals Association Incorporated for providing funding that will allow us to assist those nurses in accessing networking opportunities, improve knowledge sharing and professional peer support.

Our AGM was held on Tuesday 1st of October, I’m pleased to announce this year’s elected board members; myself, Dr Marie Burke (President), Mrs Sandy Cassidy (Vice-President and Fundraising Coordinator), Mr Michael Crouch (Secretary), Ms Jilanne Elliott (Treasurer), Board Members: Mrs Gina Fairfax, Luke Anderson, Adrian Seiffert and Tracey Plumridge, Dr Glenda Powell (Patron) Kay McGrath (Vice-Patron). Mr Tristan Tucker did not re-nominate, and we thank him for the six years he served as a board member. I wish to convey my sincere thanks and gratitude to each of our board members for their renomination and for their dedication to the benefit of the breast and prostate cancer sufferers and nurses who utilize and appreciate the services we provide.

We look forward to continuing our work and supporting the incredible volunteers within all of the subcommittees, to assist them in delivery of services within their districts. Plus, we are hoping to encourage volunteers for the Mackay region so that we can expand our services there.

We sincerely thank all those who have contributed, volunteered, donated and supported our cause!

Dr Marie Burke