BCE school Principal receives medallion for surf lifesaving rescue


Unity College School Caloundra Principal Dan McShea featured far right, with other medallion recipients.

Unity College School Caloundra Principal Dan McShea is more than just a leader within his school community, he’s also a Surf Lifesaver and now also a local hero. 

In September, the Brisbane Catholic Education (BCE) Principal was presented a medallion in a Parliament House ceremony during the Surf Lifesaving Australia’s (SLSA) Rescue Medal Presentation.  

He received the award for helping to save a seriously injured surfer in a group rescue effort. 
Unity College School Caloundra Principal Dan McShea said he felt great pride in accepting the medallion. 
“This was an incredible rescue to be a part of and was made in difficult conditions,” he said. 
“I am proud of all of the members of our patrol team and the younger members of the club who were able to assist, it was certainly a big team effort.  
“To have this rescue acknowledged at Parliament House with a Surf Rescue Medal was pretty special.”  
BCE Head of School Progress & Performance Derek Maclean said Dan exemplifies the values of Brisbane Catholic Education by living out Catholic social responsibility in all he does. 
“Dan is the perfect example of someone who goes above and beyond within this local community,” he said. 
“Many of our BCE staff do a lot of community-based work outside of their school lives. 
“I would like to congratulate Dan on this award and thank him for making both our community of schools and beaches a safer place for all.” 


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