IMPACT Board Director Professor Helen Huntly last month was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for her services to tertiary education in central Queensland.
Prof Huntly, who is currently based in Rockhampton, began her education at teachers' training college at Kelvin Grove CAE (now QUT) where graduated top of her year.
Helen says the milestones in her journey as an educator started when she was growing up on a sugar cane farm and her parents instilled the value of education
"I am extremely honoured to have been chosen for this Queen's Birthday award, and humbled to be recognised for my contribution...." she said.
Read Professor Huntly's story below.