Date posted: 13/09/2023

Gleaming Success: Celebrating Gold Coast's Finest Chartered Accountants at annual Recognition Evening

On Thursday 24 August 2023, over 65 guests gathered to celebrate and acknowledge our Gold Coast Region members and their achievements.

Shane Simmons FCA, QLD Council Chair

Shane Simmons FCA, QLD Council Chair

For the very first time, our event took place at The Club at Parkwood Golf Course, and it was a resounding success. Guests who attended the evening had nothing but praise, with many commenting, "The venue was terrific, the food was great, location was central. A fabulous event - really well done."

Shane Simmons FCA, Pamela Pointon FCA 25 Year Milestone Recipient

Shane Simmons FCA, Pamela Pointon FCA 25 Year Milestone Recipient

The night was infused with vibrant energy, thanks to the enthusiastic participants who joined us. Our Master of Ceremonies, Mark Doorly, the CA ANZ Queensland Regional Manager, set the stage for the evening. He introduced our Gold Coast Committee Chair, Jason Bettles FCA, who welcomed everyone and shared his insights on regional engagement.

Jason Bettles FCA, Gold Coast Committee Chair

Jason Bettles FCA, Gold Coast Committee Chair

In attendance representing the Gold Coast Region Committee was Matthew Dodds CA, who was integral in assisting with the preliminary planning of the event.

Gold Coast Committee member Matthew Dodds CA, Jessica Rutherford CA and new member recipient Michelle Sugar CA

Gold Coast Committee member Matthew Dodds CA, Jessica Rutherford CA and new member recipient Michelle Sugar CA

Our special guest, Sharon Houghton FCA, shared her expertise and detail on the Chartered Accountants Advisory Group (CAAG) as a member support tool available to all.

Shane Simmons FCA, QLD Regional Council Chair delivered the congratulatory message and The Charge. He shared key words of advice to the newest CA members in the audience: “Set yourself a vision, focus on your own path and take advantage of the world of opportunities now available to you.”

Award Recipients on the night:

Merit

Soraya Usher

25 Year Milestone

Michael Gilbert CA
Sally McBryde CA
Pamela Pointon CA

40 Year Milestone

John Imbruglia FCA

60 Year Milestone

Graham Carpenter FCA

 

Fellowship

Cameo Ashe FCA

New Members

Fiona Cousens CA
Matthew Dickin CA
Robyne Dole CA
Megan Durheim CA
Cidney Klein CA
Tamaryn Marques CA
Leiston Pickett CA
Levi Pulford CA
Henri Sackley CA
Holly Tingley CA
Michelle Sugar CA
Blake Williams CA

The Evening’s Award Recipients

The Evening’s Award Recipients

We were lucky to also present one of two nationwide awards to our 2023 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship recipient, Jenny-Lee Husher. Hayley Angell, Senior Manager, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at CA ANZ presented Jenny with her certificate. This year marks the 5th anniversary of the CA ANZ Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Scholarship – an award recognising outstanding future CAs. We’ve happily recognised three recipients in Queensland in that time – in Mackay, in Bundaberg, Brisbane and now a future Gold Coast CA. Jenny is a proud First Nations woman in her final trimester of a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Accounting and Financial Planning at Griffith University. She has undertaken full-time study, while also working full-time as a medical Practice Manager and raising her two children.

Hayley recognised in her congratulatory message to Jenny when presenting her certificate, “It is her children, as well as her workplace and community, who she is motivated by and takes great pride in being a role model and leader for. Her most outstanding achievement is leading by example and demonstrating that success comes with hard work, commitment, and dedication.  With a dream of owning her own accounting firm, Jenny is without doubt, an outstanding future CA.”

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship 2023 Recipient Jenny-Lee Husher and guest Aunty Eualanda Simpson

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship 2023 Recipient Jenny-Lee Husher and guest Aunty Eualanda Simpson

Feedback from those attending was overwhelmingly positive, with comments after the event including “A really upbeat positive experience involving both our old and new CAs and the family and mentors that support them” and “The evening flowed smoothly and well organised, great venue, fantastic networking opportunity and great way to meet distinguished CA members. Great evening overall”

New member Holly Tingley CA and guests

New member Holly Tingley CA and guests

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