Christmas is not a time of year I look forward to with all our family overseas. Visits cancelled because of Covid haven't helped. My dear friend Jocelyn made it her goal this year to lift my spirits. I can only say she excelled herself, along with other friends and unexpected surprises.
First on the list was a Sunday afternoon at the Brisbane City Hall, for The Messiah, beautifully sung by the Queensland Choir. Their voices filled the City Hall's cavernous spaces with glorious sounds. The Hallelujah Chorous was spine-tingling.
A week later the Hungry Hikers returned for an evening of entertainment, hosted for senior citizens by the Lord Mayor. The High Tea followed by a marvellous concert of variety performances was totally spirit lifting.
We have watched her at daily media conferences clearly and concisely provide the latest COVID-19 updates and explain how we can all act to keep ourselves, our loved ones and our community safe in unprecedented times. Science and the evidence has always been the basis of her decision making. Her calm demeanour was always so reassuring. She gave us confidence and reassurance when it was so desperately needed, and for this we will be forever grateful.
Dr Young’s career exemplifies public service - a service that will continue in her role as Governor.
On behalf of the nurses and midwives of Queensland, I say thank you most sincerely for your stellar leadership, unswerving commitment, passion and hard work in the most challenging of circumstances."