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DSA Hero Awards presented at the Crowne Plaza

Updated: Jan 21


The Heroes for 2019 are:

Standing from left: Henk Steenhuis, Margaret Radcliffe, John Foggerty, Eric Rae, Trevor Love, and Denise Banner,

Seated from left: Zoe Nourse, Lea Vosti, Jan Whackett, Kate Tardy, Sonia Gava and Helen Maden.

Photograph: Shane Caddaye


The 2019 GCTAI Distinguished Service Awards were presented by Patrons - Coral Kelly and Doug Kennedy and by Alliance President Deborah Joy Sykes on the 19th January 2020 at the Crowne Plaza, Surfers Paradise, Qld.


The first DSA awards were presented in 2014 - when the DSA - or HERO Award was created by the Gold Coast Theatre Alliance to recognise significant volunteer service to our Community Arts Sector. It was also decided by the GCTAI at this time to incorporate an annual DSA presentation into our celebratory Launch Event which had been running for many years. The production work involved is done by the executive volunteers on the Alliance Board.


The inaugural DSA's in 2014 were:

Edna Woodall, Christine Harris, Norm Strambini, Annie Lotocki, Wal Lotocki, Lauren Steele, Jacqui Goodlife, Joan Stalker Brown, Jennifer Fitzgerald, John Rees-Osborne, Jeanie Hattendorf

2015 - DSA's

Joel Beskin, Christine McLachlan, Marie Nicholson, Lyn McBurney, Noella Johnson, Kevin Johnson, Lachlan Glasby, Joyce Grant, Leif Dolerud, Valerie Cooney, Cathy Jamieson, Glen Brash


2016 - DSA's:

Peter and Gail Barrett, Patsy Drew, Bev Lloyd, Gary Johns, Doug Williams, Colin Crow, Wendy Barnes, Shirley King, Brenda Warren, and Jillian Rawlings,


2017 - DSA's

Pam Marsh, Ian Young, Tracey Moore, Rod Drummond, Robyn Crossan, Di Morgan, Graham Schultz, Raelene Richards, Coral Kelly, Kay Boxall, Terry Docker, Bryanne Jardine, Rianna Hartney- Smith, Lachlan Mitcherson


2018 - DSA's

Anne Britt Riget, Jim Dickson, Marie Dickson, Jim Fury, Natalie Trengove, Peter Gray, Rosemary Hume, Christine McLachlan, Darren Campbell, Sharon Vassallo, Russell Williams, Anne Williams, Gillian Butcher, Cecile Campbell, Brydie Hanna, Christine Dickinson, Lyn Smith, Gill Sumerville


2019 DSA's

Henk Steenhuis, Margaret Radcliffe, John Foggerty, Eric Rae, Trevor Love, Denise Banner,

Zoe Nourse, Lea Vosti, Jan Whackett, Kate Tardy, Sonia Gava and Helen Maden.


These awards are presented by the GOLD COAST THEATRE ALLIANCE INC to those who have given exceptional service, usually for many years, to Community Theatre and Performance. These awardees are volunteers who have worked unceasingly for their companies and in the Community Arts and have shown extraordinary commitment over a period of time. These DSA's are nominated by their peers - by the companies they call home and by the Gold Coast Theatre Alliance Inc. The GCTAI Executive ratifies and acknowledges nominations and carefully assesses the citations accompanying the nominations. After careful consideration the DSA's are awarded.



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