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Maria accounts for herself, earns CPA award

Published:22 May 2015

Accounting lecturer Dr Maria Tyler

CQUniversity’s Accounting lecturer Dr Maria Tyler has been awarded the CPA Queensland President’s Award for Leadership and Service to the Profession.

Maria has earned the award thanks to her role as Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Coordinator for Mackay, Mackay Branch Committee (vice-chair and chair) and the CPA Campus Liaison Officer for Mackay during the 2014 period. 

Since enrolling in the CPA program in 2004, Maria has enjoyed the diversity of work including the contacts she has made, mentoring students undertaking the CPA program and the industries she has worked with, all while teaching and studying at CQUniversity. [Maria already has a PhD in Accounting and has one more term of study towards her MBA.]

While the award is a celebration of Maria’s professional career, she also celebrated a huge personal milestone when she welcomed her daughter in July last year – while juggling in excess of 40 hours per week and studying towards her Masters. 

Maria has always had high expectations and is a self-confessed perfectionist: “I tell my students to take a realistic account of their endeavours, and only commit to what they can do well – so I must practice what I preach. I do not make excuses for poor time management.”

Maria is thrilled and surprised to have been given the award but says she could not have carried out her role without the support of other staff of both CQUniversity and CPA Mackay branch including Maree Franettovich, Robyn Collins, Samantha Willes, Leanne Williams, Karen Walker, Rob Kollin, Paul Falconi and Mark Armstrong.

The future looks bright for the Mackay CPA Branch, with Maria keen to re-join next year, as well as having the honour of being asked to nominate for a position on CPA Australia’s Queensland Divisional Council (QDC) based in Brisbane further down the track.