Presidents report

The Annual General Meeting for the Association was held on Tuesday 6th of October 2020. Firstly, I wish to announce my retirement from the position of President and my acceptance of the invitation as

I joined BPCAQ in 2006, at the invitation of Dr Glenda Powell and ultimately became President in 2014.

It has been an absolute pleasure to be part of this organisation and a privilege to work with such committed volunteers. Breast and prostate cancer patients all over Queensland have benefitted from the dedication of BPCAQ to ensuring support and education is accessible, no matter what part of the state you live in.

I would like to thank all of those who have kindly nominated for the Management and General Board Members positions. We are thrilled to introduce new nominee’s Dr Christopher Pyke, Mr Sydney Williams, Mrs Dinie McConnel and Dr Pammie Ellem. We are grateful for your participation towards the future growth and success of BPCAQ.

Like the world over, BPCAQ has been challenged during the 2019/2020 financial year. The COVID-19 pandemic has placed us all into uncertainty, predominately surrounding our physical interactions and travelling.

This in turn has profoundly affected the way our volunteers and supporters fundraise plus our planning of events. 

On a positive note, BPCAQ has fared reasonably well so far and though our fundraising income has decreased, we have remarkably been able to continue our service delivery without interruption. Unfortunately, we did have to cancel a planned conference and networking opportunity for the rural and regional cancer nurses in June, however, our patient assistance grants increased on the previous year with over $65,000 provided to 91 patients.

BPCAQ is also proud to be supporting a research project being conducted by QUT ihbi into improving the PSA test. All of our subcommittees have contributed towards a grant for $10,000 this year and we have pledged to contribute a further $10,000 in 2021 towards this project. 

The subcommittees are to be congratulated for their tireless work in raising awareness and funds for each of their districts, even during these trying times, they have continued to encourage support where they can. 

Again, I wish to convey my sincere thanks and gratitude to each one of our nominees which demonstrates your commitment to provide your service for the benefit of the breast and prostate cancer sufferers and the nurses who utilize and appreciate the support we provide.

Finally, I would like to acknowledge the work done by Tracey Plumridge. Tracey is the linchpin of BPCAQ. Certainly, without her, I would not have been able to carry out my role as President for the last 6 years. I have valued her enthusiasm and support, as do all the members.

Whilst I’m stepping down from the Presidency, I’m handing over the reigns to very capable hands in Gina Fairfax, as President and Sandy Cassidy as Vice-president, and I look forward to continuing to work with them in my new capacity as Vice-Patron. 

We are delighted to announce Mrs Gina Fairfax as our newly elected President. 

“I joined the BCAQ Board, as it was then, in 2001. 19 years later, I am honoured and delighted to be nominated as the next President of the BPCAQ.  With three Presidents before me, I feel we have kept to our vision of supporting nurses and the rural communities, plus educating an awareness of breast and prostate cancer in rural, regional and remote parts of Queensland.  Our board members have a range of skills, and we are keen to continue with our purpose and aim to look after communities that do not have access to many of the support services the city folk have. 

I look forward to this role in the coming year and working with the board as we continue to deliver. We would not be the successful association without our office secretary, Tracey Plumridge, who is also a Board member.” Gina Fairfax

We also take this opportunity in thanking and acknowledging
Kay McGrath who has been our Vice-Patron since 1994, Kay retired from the Vice-Patron role and we wish her all the very best in her new ventures. Kay supported and compared very many of our luncheon’s over the years and we are extremely grateful for her association to BPCAQ since our early inception.

Kay McGrathGina FairfaxWe warmly welcome a number of new members to the Management Committee and this is a good opportunity to introduce all of our elected committee members: 

President: Gina Fairfax

Vice-President/Fundraising Coordinator: Sandy Cassidy

Secretary: Michael Crouch

Treasurer: Luke Anderson

General Board Members: Tracey Plumridge, Jilanne Elliott, Adrian Seiffert, Dr Christopher Pyke, Sydney Williams QC, Diane McConnel, Dr Pammie Ellem

Patron: Dr Glenda Powell 

Vice-Patron: Dr Marie-Frances Burke

Dr Marie Burke