A Life of Service
Caloundra Christian College is celebrating four decades of providing quality Christ-centred education on the Sunshine Coast. As we reflect on forty years of our College, we want to celebrate the lives and contributions of our valued alumni.
Past student, Ben Dullroy, attended Caloundra Christian College (CalCC) from Year 1 to Year 12, graduating in 1998.
Ben has happy memories of the small, close-knit College community that helped form him in his early years.
His favourite memory from Primary is the Bribie Island Walk, where students took a boat across to the northern tip of the island then walked (and ran) to the township at the other end. He describes this as a great adventure. In Secondary, Ben enjoyed basketball and being a member of the CCC Bulls.
‘The CCC Bulls were such a great team to be part of and I still have really good friends from that time,’ says Mr Dullroy.
‘My favourite subjects were HPE and History. I had great teachers including Mr Gary Graves, Mr Hector Costello and even my dad, Tony Dullroy. ‘
Ben attended both CalCC and Caloundra CityLife Baptist Church. He says he established firm foundations for life during these defining years.
‘Together, school and church instilled a fervent heart within me which led onto my service in the Armed Forces.’
One of Ben’s proudest moments was when the Army Major visited the College Chapel to present him with a scholarship to attend the Australian Defence Force Academy. He went on to train as an officer at the Royal Military College of Duntroon. Ben then spent a decade serving in the Armed Forces, including active service in Iraq.
He now serves as a Lieutenant Colonel with the Army Reserves and dedicates around 120 days a year to this service. He manages to juggle this commitment with his full-time corporate career as the Executive Manager in Project Delivery for Suncorp Insurance., In this role, he leads a team of professionals as they deliver multi-million dollar projects around Australia.
‘This requires a fair bit of after-hours work, including weekends and holidays, but I consider it a privilege to serve in the Reserves.’
As part of his role in the Army Reserves, Ben likes to visit schools to promote the Long Tan Youth Leadership and Teamwork Awards and the Australian Defence Force STEM award. CalCC was delighted to have him visit in this capacity last year.
‘If I could give current students one piece of advice, it would be to really make the most of their time at CalCC. The close-knit community it offers is perfect for fostering connections and some of these will be for life.’
CalCC is proud to have played a role in Ben’s education and formation and we honour him for his achievements and his lifetime of service.