Established in 2019, these awards have been created to recognise, acknowledge and celebrate the College’s alumni for one or more of the following areas: professional, business, academic, research, government, sport, social justice and contributions to the community at local, state, national and/or international levels.

Award Categories

Each year, alumni may be nominated for the following awards:

Outstanding Loreto College Coorparoo Alumnus of the Year

Outstanding Loreto College Coorparoo Young Alumnus of the Year

 

2020 Award Winners

Loreto College Coorparoo takes great pleasure in announcing the 2020 Outstanding Alumni Award Winners. Congratulations to:

Outstanding Loreto College Coorparoo Alumnus of the Year

Ms Lorelle Hillman (1996)

Ms Lorelle Hillman graduated from Loreto in 1996. She has twenty years’ experience both nationally and internationally in in the financial services and insurance industry. She is a firm believer in Mary Ward’s adage, women in time to come will do much, as the first female Head of Sales and Relationship Management for QBE in Queensland and also the female Queensland State Manager at AIG Australia. As President of the Australia Women and Allies Employee Resource Group, she successfully drove a diversity agenda leading to the launch of similar programs at other companies. An outstanding role model for men and women alike, she also launched the Women in Leaders Development program.

Lorelle mentors less experienced female professionals in the insurance industry and supports the Young Professionals Committee designed to spotlight emerging talent. She has spoken at both national and international events, including in Nashville, where she spoke to the importance of providing female talent with the necessary tools to succeed in the insurance industry. Lorelle has also delivered presentations at the Chief Executive’s Leaders program, The Leadership Summit for Women in Insurance, the Queensland Young Insurance Professional Trailblazers event and has been profiled in various industry journals. In 2010, she was awarded the AIG Australasia Leadership Development Program.

The eldest of three sisters, all of whom attended Loreto Coorparoo, Lorelle is inspired by her father, a former President of the Loreto College Coorparoo P&F Association. She is inspired by his strong work ethic, commitment to family and the broader community. Lorelle is also inspired by her mother’s memory of a highly disciplined child. She understands the importance of keeping pace with technological developments particularly in relation to data-analytics and task management. Above all, she is committed to a future working world which is inclusive; where there is gender balance in leadership.

As a proud mother to three beautiful children, Lorelle remains committed to her own professional development. She understands the importance of networking and working hard. She is very vocal, also in helping women to understand that they should proactively manage their own careers, supported by her commitment to her ongoing certification. She values authenticity in the workplace and encourages other women to ensure they stay true to their personal ethics and values, so pertinent in the year where we are acknowledging the value of Verity.

Outstanding Loreto College Coorparoo Young Alumnus of the Year

Ms Jenny Geale (2004)

Ms Jenny Geale graduated from Loreto in 2004 as dux and completed a Bachelor of Economics followed by her Masters in Development Practice (Community Development). She has built a successful career as an e-commerce entrepreneur as co-founder and General Manager of MTB Direct, an award-winning online retailer for mountain bike parts. MTB Direct has been recognised by the Australian Finance Review Fast100, Deloitte Tech Fast 50, Telstra Women’s Business Awards as a State Award Winner and National Finalist and Westpac Businesses of tomorrow. She has been recognised as one of the Top 50 people in e-commerce for the past two years and is invited to speak regularly at conferences both here and in the US.

As a leader, her goal is to ensure all divisions of her teams are connected, focused and performing in a fast-paced environment. She works as a guest speaker and on research projects into volunteer engagement in youth-led organisations, she has facilitated the Innovate Symposium and presented at the International Volunteers Workshop. She understands the importance of innovations, critical thinking and entrepreneurship in today’s business environment but also in the justice space.

Her success in business is matched by her justice work – she is vice president of the Board of Retail ROI, a charitable organisation focused on creating avenues for retailers in Australia to support grassroots children’s charities across the world. Jenny also founded the Brisbane chapter of Room to Read, an international NGO which promotes literacy and gender equality in education. She also established the We Care Nauru initiative to enable Australians to donate food, clothing and other supplies to refugees and asylum seekers living on Nauru at that time. We are delighted to have awarded Jenny with the 2020 Outstanding Young Alumnus of the Year.

2019 Award Winners

Loreto College Coorparoo takes great pleasure in announcing the 2019 Outstanding Alumni Award Winners. Congratulations to:

Outstanding Loreto College Coorparoo Alumnus of the Year


Dr Margaret Little (1981)

Dr Margaret Little , winner of the 2019 Loreto College Coorparoo Outstanding Alumnus of the Year, graduated from the College in 1981 after attending for her entire schooling, commencing in 1969, at Loreto Coorparoo. Margaret studied Medicine at the University of Queensland but soon moved to the UK where she worked as a paediatric oncologist undertaking clinical work and clinical research in paediatric oncology. Margaret was appointed as a senior research fellow with the Leukaemia Research Fund at the University of Newcastle and awarded a PhD in cellular pharmacology in 2002.

Since then, Margaret has worked at the Queensland Children’s Hospital as a senior staff specialist in paediatric haematology, oncology and stem cell transplantation. She also has significant expertise in bone marrow transplantation. Margaret has published research in esteemed journals such as the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. She has made a significant contribution in the philanthropic world through her position as a Director on the Board of the Make a Wish Foundation. This charity partners with sick children, their families and medical teams to grant wishes as unique as the children who imagine them. Since 1985, the Foundation has delivered more than 10,000 life-changing wishes to sick children.

In addition, Margaret has also held a membership of the Board of Directors on the Jack and Madeleine Little Research Fund, which funds melanoma research and research into Australian Indigenous women’s health issues. Margaret continues to support the Queensland Children’s Hospital through her participation in events such as the Channel 9 Telethon. We are honoured to have awarded Dr Margaret Little as the inaugural winner of the 2019 Loreto College Coorparoo Alumnus of the Year.

Outstanding Loreto College Coorparoo Young Alumnus of the Year

Ms Hayman Lui (2011)

Ms Hayman Lui, winner of the 2019 Loreto College Coorparoo Outstanding Young Alumnus of the Year, graduated in 2011 and was the College Vice-Captain in her Senior Year. Hayman is currently undertaking both a PHD and a medical degree and is due to graduate at the end of 2019. Hayman’s PhD research is around hand ligament injury sustained during sport. As a consequence of work in the US and through the regenerative laboratory at Griffith University, she has made a significant contribution to creation of replacements for injured ligaments. In 2018, Hayman was awarded significant grants by the Australian BioMedTech Horizons Program to support moving her research to clinical translation. This resulted in an official patent application for the 3D printed construct she designed for ligament regeneration.

Hayman has presented her research at multiple national and international conferences and at some of the most highly regarded institutes in the world; such as the Mayo Clinic, the Australian Orthopaedic Conference and at international conferences in San Francisco, Berlin and Bangkok.  She has given back to the community through volunteer work in Healthy Start – a health education program for newly arrived refugees, she has taught high school students as part of the Go Healthy Go Griffith program, presented talks to high schools students interested in STEM opportunities and worked as a lecturer at Griffith University’s School of Medicine. Internationally, Hayman has worked in Cape Town, South Africa, where she has gained further experience in orthopaedic trauma and hand surgery. Today, Hayman is in New York completing an internship. We wait with bated breath to hear more about the exciting career and achievements of Ms Hayman Lui, the inaugural winner of the 2019 Loreto College Coorparoo Young Alumnus of the Year.

Nominations

Nominations can be made by any member of the public, including past and present staff, students and parents. Individuals may nominate himself/herself.

Nominations for the 2020 Outstanding Alumnus of the Year Award are now open and close on Friday 2 October 2020.

To nominate a past pupil for this award, please complete the online Nomination Form below:
Outstanding Alumnus of the Year Award

Alternatively, a hard copy of the following Nomination Form can be downloaded, completed and returned, along with supporting documentation, to Loreto College Coorparoo.

 

Nominations for the 2021 Outstanding Young Alumnus Award will open on 1 December 2020 and close on Friday 19 February 2021.

Nomination Form

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Nomination Guidelines

Outstanding Loreto College Coorparoo Young Alumnus of the Year

All candidates aged up to and including 35 years of age at the time of nomination may be considered for the Outstanding Young Alumnus of the Year Award. Current students cannot be recognised within this award; the focus is predominantly on achievements occurring after graduation from the College.

Nominees must comply with the following eligibility criteria:

  • Must have studied at Loreto College Coorparoo for a minimum of three years and/or have graduated from the College at the end of Year 12
  • Demonstration of on-going, high level of achievement in their field and in their service to the community
  • Previously nominated Past Pupils who were unsuccessful in winning an award may be renominated

Outstanding Loreto College Coorparoo Alumnus of the Year

All candidates aged 36 years and over at the time of nomination may be considered for the Outstanding Alumnus of the Year Award.

Nominees must comply with the following eligibility criteria:

  • They must have studied at Loreto College Coorparoo for a minimum of three years and/or have graduated from the College at the end of Year 12
  • Demonstration of on-going, high level of achievement in their field and in their service to the community
  • Previously nominated Past Pupils who were unsuccessful in winning an award may be renominated

Nomination Guidelines

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Award Winner Selection Process

The selection process is at the discretion of the Principal. A Principal’s Management Committee may be formed to assist the Principal. If any nominators or nominees are on the selection panel, then this interest should be declared and the person concerned must withdraw from the selection process.

All nominees will be notified within one week of the closing date regarding receipt of their nomination.
Awards will not be awarded posthumously, unless otherwise approved by the Award Winner Selection Committee.

For more information on the Loreto College Coorparoo Outstanding Alumni Awards please phone the College on 3394 9999.

 

Awards Ceremony

The Outstanding Loreto College Coorparoo Young Alumnus of the Year will be awarded at the International Women’s Day Mother/Daughter Breakfast held in March each year.

The Outstanding Loreto College Coorparoo Alumni of the Year will be awarded at the Ceremony of Excellence held in October.