Life Membership is the highest honour that QORF can bestow and Life Members will be held in the highest esteem.
The Management Committee may from time to time recommend to a General Meeting of members that the organisation confer life membership upon individuals who have rendered distinguished service to the Federation and/or to the wider outdoor recreation community in Queensland. (QORF Constitution)
Celebrating 20 years of QORF
Five Life Members have been conferred in our 20 year history since QORF was formed in 1996.
Kathy Kingsford who was QORF Executive Officer from March 1999 to May 2008, is now a manager with Sport and Recreation Services, Queensland Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing.
“To reach individuals and families involved in outdoor recreation and adventure tourism independently, in addition to the current client base of organisations, clubs and their members.”
Rob Simson was a pioneer of Outdoor Education in Queensland: introducing environmental studies into the curriculum; leading school excursions to Carnarvon Gorge; establishling the Outdoor Education Centre at Maroon Dam (MOEC), forming the Outdoor Educators Association of Queensland and developing orienteering in Australia. Rob passed away on 15 July 2018 in Brisbane.
“Venerate the natural landscape and show this love of the natural world to others. I did my thesis on Landscape Aesthetics – it was first study I know of that addressed the issue of the value of landscapes as a resource – not just for recreation but for scenic aspects”
Brian Kross joined the Seventh Day Adventist’s Pathfinders Club at a young age and it soon became a way of life. Brian, at 78, is close to celebrating fifty years as a club and later district director of the organisation.
“When looking back on QORF at that time I think the value it provided was the promotion of outdoor activity with control and standards around leadership ansd safety.”
Dave Batt grew up playing in the outdoors sparking an interest in landscapes, nature conservation and outdoor recreation. These interests led to an Associate Diploma in Wilderness Reserves and Wildlife; 13+ years working for QPWS; and 18 years in various Queensland Government departments for Sport and Recreation, Forestry and Regional Planning.
“I’m still active in the outdoors though day and multi-day bushwalks; occasional road cycling and mountain biking; canoeing, flat, sea and white-water paddling; camping, body surfing and bird watching.
Donna Little spent her childhood swimming, camping along the Eastern seaboard and fossicking in the Queensland Outback. A trained teacher, the experience of leading at a US Summer Camp inspired her to facilitate outdoor opportunities for others. Years spent in academia in the fields of sport, outdoor recreation, education and tourism brought her in contact with QORF in its early days and saw her become the organisation’s CEO from 2008 to 2013