2017 MIFNQ’s Australia Day Ambassadors

2017 MIFNQ’s Australia Day Ambassadors


The Townsville Mental Health Community Hub will lose two senior staff for the week as each heads North and West as part of the 2017 Australia Day Ambassador Program.

The Australia Day Ambassador Program is an initiative that sees high achieving and proud Australians attend local Australia Day celebrations in towns and cities across the nation.

The objectives of the program are to:

  • promote the celebration of Australia Day throughout the nation
  • recognise Australia’s outstanding individuals for their achievements
  • provide an opportunity for all Australians, particularly those in regional areas, to meet and gain inspiration from Australian achievers from all walks of life
  • connect Australians across city and country
  • increase community spirit and the involvement of all Australians, regardless of origin and background, in Australia Day activities

The activities of an Ambassador on Australia Day are as diverse as the communities which host them;

  • Townsville Area Manager, Alison Fairleigh is off to Burketown where she will be taking part in official Australia Day Ceremonies recognising the contributions of locals to the community and judging the Lamington Competition. Alison says she will be remembering her Grandmother’s Lamingtons as the benchmark for competitor’s cakes.
  • Director of Education, Philippa Harris will be heading to Hughenden where she will be presenting awards at the Flinders Shire Australia Day Breakfast.

Alison and Philippa were both chosen as Ambassadors for their outstanding work and leadership in Mental Health. Alison was the Rural Woman of the Year in 2014 and Philippa was a Queensland finalist for Australian Senior of the Year 2016.