Our Awards

Joan Matheson Distinguished Service Award

To recognise significant contribution to the development, promotion and advocacy of play in Australia.

Congratulations to the following Joan Matheson Distinguished Service Award recipients:

Mary

Mary Jeavons

Winner of the Joan Matheson Distinguished Service Award 2014 – Mary Jeavons

Pattie

Patti Morgan

Winner of the Joan Matheson Distinguished Service Award 2015 – the late Pattie Morgan

Cathy

Cathy Kiss

Winner of the Joan Matheson Distinguished Service Award 2016 - Cathy Kiss

Judy

Judy McKinty

Winner of the Joan Matheson Distinguished Service Award 2017 - Judy McKinty

Robyn

Robyn Monro Miller

Winner of the Joan Matheson Distinguished Service Award 2018 - Robyn Monro miller

Who was Joan Matheson?

We remember an exceptional woman who made a life-long contribution to the development of our organisation and play in Australia.

  • Joan was born in 1917 and died in 2008;
  • Joan undertook a National Fitness Course, before there were any Recreation courses operating. Well before Life Be In It;
  • She was probably employed as a Play Leader before becoming the Director of PRAV;
  • In 1944 she became the Director of PRAV – and in 1983 she moved onto the Committee of Management;
  • She performed the role of the Secretariat of the IPA IN 1961 when it began;
  • Minutes record that the first ever IPA meeting was held in Brisbane October 10, 1979;
  • In 1980 and 1981 considerable national networking took place, and Joan attended a number of overseas conferences, including IPRA and IPA;
  • She was a woman with a great sense of authority, determination, and would never take no for an answer. “As stubborn as an ox” (Sally Jeavons);
  • She was inspiring, and a very great networker. A lover of dancing, and a committed yoga participant, and is remembered as having a very beautiful posture. Calm, blond/white hair, funny, interested in people, and their experiences.

The Play Warrior Award

To recognise courageous support for the provision of quality play in Australia – recognising those champions who have persevered in the face of challenges

Congratulations to the following Play Warrior Award recipients:

Wendy

Winner of the Play Warrior Award - Suzette Hoskin

Wendy Seymour

Suzette

Winner of the Play Warrior Award - Suzette Hoskin

Suzette Hoskin