Bond graduate Chiu-hing Chan was named 2009 Suncorp Young Queenslander of the year at a presentation ceremony in Brisbane on June 9.
The award was presented to Chiu-hing along with a cheque for $2000.00 by Queensland Premier Anna Bligh and Suncorp Chairman John Story at a special ceremony held at the Tivoli in Brisbane.
Chiu-hing said he was honoured to be the recipient of the award, particularly in the year of Queensland’s 150th anniversary of independence from New South Wales.
Having received two nominations, Chiu-hing was selected from a pool of impressive nominees, but it was his extensive community involvement that eventually stood him apart.
Chiu-hing was the youngest person ever to be elected to the position of President and Chair of the Queensland Chinese Forum and the Queensland Police Chinese Community Crime Prevention and Consultative Committee and has held positions on the Beijing Olympic Committee with the Queensland Olympic Council, Australian Chinese General Chamber of Business and the Visa 457 Joint Task Force.
Despite his many commitments outside of the class room Chiu-hing also recently graduated from Bond with a Master of Journalism, having already completed a double Bachelor of Laws and International Relations degree.
During his Journalism degree Chiu-hing undertook an internship assisting with news production and hosted the Sunday morning breakfast show on radio station 4EB.
Half way through his Bond Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice course and recently being appointed Executive of the Gold Coast Committee of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, there are no signs of slowing down for Chiu-hing, who is already exploring future career opportunities in broadcast journalism.