She might not wear blue spandex and a cape, but Victoria Dawson is a Superwoman. She’s recently been acknowledged for her extensive service to the Maroochydore Justice Department but it’s not just her professional achievements that make her such an amazing member of our community. She’s battled cancer and chemotherapy all the while studying, working, volunteering and raising three children on her own.
Victoria was nominated as a Justice of the Peace Qualified by solicitor David Badgery 25 years ago. Working with the Justice Department, Victoria is on call for interviews at local police stations and courts and deals with officer reviews on integrity and compliance. She was a founding board member of the Justices Office Maroochydore in 1996 and was later voted in as Vice President in 1998, then nominated for presidency a role she resigned from due to her husband’s ill health.
Victoria also served as an announcer and interviewer at her local UCB Station 106.5fm Radio Rhema between 1997 and 2007 as an AFTRS graduate (Australian Film Television and Radio School).
Following the loss of her husband Victoria decided to immerse herself in community service. As well as maintaining her duties at the Justice Department, she is a regular volunteer at the Salvation Army and is currently finalising a disabilities degree as well as studying to be a chaplain. Despite her many accomplishments, Victoria maintains her greatest achievements are her three children.
Not even her own health problems could slow her down. After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008, Victoria has undergone seven surgeries and 18 months of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. She sees her personal survival as a blessing which has rejuvenated her zest for life. She is a true inspiration for us all.