Access was once again a sponsor of the Queensland Community Achievement Awards for 2017 and had a tough choice of co-judging the winner of the Access Community Services Cultural Diversity Award. The Graduate Women Queensland Sunshine Coast Branch won the Award from a strong field of nominees and was one of eight category winners announced on Saturday 18 November at Royal on the Park, Brisbane.

Graduate Women QLD Sunshine Coast Branch, was founded in 2004 and have demonstrated leadership in promoting cultural diversity and acceptance with their Refugee Education Program. Two-week intensive English courses, bursaries to assist students with school fees and private group swimming lessons for Islamic female students are just some of the things they do. In 2017 they have raised $3,500 for swimming lessons, $12,000 for bursaries and $1,800 for English dictionaries. Congratulations to the Sunshine Coast team and to all the finalists for the wonderful work they do in their community!