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Outstanding Sunshine Coasters are among those to feature on this year’s King’s Birthday Honours list. WORDS: Steele Taylor.

A philanthropist with a passion to “make our region better and bring our community together” is among a handful of Sunshine Coast residents to earn King’s Birthday Honours.

Jocelyn Walker, Emeritus Professor Ronald Weber and Dr Laurie Cowled were appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM), while Cheryl Harris and John Reynolds received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM).

Ms Walker is being recognised for significant service to business, and to the community through philanthropic endeavours. The Mooloolaba resident has had a 26-year involvement with the University of the Sunshine Coast Foundation Board and has made significant contributions to Queensland’s leading community helicopter rescue service LifeFlight.

“I feel truly honoured and humbled to be recognised in this way and thank the Sunshine Coast community for their incredible support over the years,” she says. “I have spent 45 years living, working and raising my family on the Sunshine Coast, and I love this region and its people greatly. I feel privileged to have been able to help with projects and causes that make our region better and bring our community together.”

Alongside her late husband Vic, Ms Walker established the Moby Vic’s roadhouse in 1980. Their ventures also included a 65.6-hectare housing estate in Mountain Creek and construction of a 13-storey high-rise at Point Cartwright.

Meanwhile, Emeritus Professor Weber was acknowledged for significant service to tertiary education, to accounting and information system development, and to professional associations.

Dr Cowled was recognised for significant service to philanthropy in the arts, to education and health sectors, and to women.

Among the OAM recipients, Ms Harris was recognised for service to the community of the Sunshine Coast, while Mr Reynolds was acknowledged for service to business.

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