Jocelyn Watts (also known as Jocey or Mimoo) is a published writer, photographer and former corporate communications officer now dedicated to sharing Australian adventures via this blog-style website and social media.
Her background in journalism/sub-editing, photography, business, service clubs and other volunteer organisations has given her a broad base from which to approach a wide variety of topics.
Jocelyn has been writing and taking photos for newspapers, magazines, businesses and organisations since 1996. She also owned and operated a professional wedding, portrait and commercial photography business from 2011 to 2014.
Her stories and photos have appeared in the Fraser Coast Chronicle, Maryborough Herald and Hervey Bay’s Observer and Independent newspapers as well as the national magazine Aussie Post. Stand-alone photos have been published in Australia’s Driveline, Take 5, Super Food Ideas, Insight and Refinisher magazines.
Media releases for federal government and not-for-profit organisations have resulted in traditional and online media outlets publishing articles throughout Australia and in Japan and the United States of America.
In 2006, Jocelyn won the Queensland regional and bi-weekly newspapers category of the Older People Speak Out (OPSO) Awards that recognise media figures for their positive portrayal of older people.
Her photos won international accolades in the Professional Abstract and Professional Fine Art categories of the 8th and 9th Annual Black & White Spider Awards. Jocelyn was also honoured in the 1999 Queensland Country Press Association Awards with Sports Photo of the Year.
Jocelyn’s written submission in 2000 won her the community competition to name Maryborough’s new riverside Brolga Theatre and Convention Centre.
Her early days in the Girl Guide and Scouting movements inspired the name Brolga. While camping near her hometown of Barcaldine, she watched brolgas dancing at Lara Wetlands and years later she often told the Aboriginal Dreamtime legend of Brolga to Cub Scouts.
Another of Jocelyn’s written submissions secured Maryborough the first Guinness World Record for the most people on a pub crawl in 2005.
Her business memberships have included Hervey Bay’s Business Network International (BNI) and the Hervey Bay and Maryborough chambers of commerce.
Jocelyn has dedicated many years of her life to volunteer organisations including the Rotary Club of Maryborough Sunrise, Maryborough Aussie Master Swimming and Friends of the Brolga Theatre.
She also served as Cub Scout and Girl Guide leader (known as Akela, or Leena, an Aboriginal name for Possum) in Rockhampton, Chinchilla and Kawana Waters on the Sunshine Coast.
As a teenager, Jocelyn won the Charity Princess title in Barcaldine’s Artesian Festival Queen Competition, earned the Duke of Edinburgh Award (which included qualifying as a First-Year Fireman), was selected as one of only 10 Queensland Ranger Guides to attend a national camp in Tasmania, and was chosen by the Rotary Club of Barcaldine to attend a Rotary Youth Leadership Award Seminar in Yeppoon.
Jocelyn’s love of the stage and theatre also had its beginnings in the Girl Guide and Scouting movements when she regularly appeared on stage in Barcaldine’s Trek Cart Revue, a mini version of the Brisbane Gang Show. She resurrected those drama skills in 2016 to help produce a television commercial while working as communications officer with UnitingCare Health in Hervey Bay.
Now retired, Jocelyn is most often chilling out with family and friends or jaunting about the countryside and sharing life’s adventures via this website and social media.