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Debates Day 1 - Tuesday 30 November 1993



Debates Day 1 - Tuesday 30 November 1993

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Parliamentary Record 23


Debates for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994




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DEBATES - Tuesday 30 November 1993 entertaining and welcoming newly-arrived academics and their wives to Murdoch University. This was one of Sandy's great gifts. Her kindness and generosity, especially to new arrivals to the community, led to the beginnings of many lifelong friendships, especially with John and Elaine Howell and their family. Sandy became actively involved in the life of the university community and was the president from 1984 to 1986 of the Banksia Club, a support group for the wives and partners of university academics. She also gave a great deal of time and energy to the Auxiliary to the Veterinary Association, serving as president of the Western Australian division from 1986 to 1989* In 1989. Sandy received an Australian Veterinary Association Certificate of Merit Award for her voluntary services to the profession. Sandy also continued her good work in the wider community. From 1984 to 1989. she was a weekly visitor to the Southern Cross Nursing Home and soon became much-loved by the aged residents for her kindness and patience, taking them on shopping expeditions and reading to them. Somehow, at the same time, Sandy was always there for her family, not only ensuring that the family home was impeccably organised, but also finding time to bake for cake stalls, run her children to the ever-increasing after-school activities and prepare special dinners for visitors to the university. Sandy also managed to find time to arrange special birthday celebrations and entertainment for her friends in the 'Over 35 Club' and to develop new hobbies such as spinning and mahjong. With her children now at university - and importantly now able to drive themselves everywhere - Sandy had a little more time to devote to new endeavours. In 1987. she began an associate diploma course working with the aged at the Western Australian College of Advanced Education. This was a course that Sandy excelled in receiving top marks for her work. As Kim would frequently say: 'Mum, you are a real girlie swot'. At this time, she joined the Council for the Ageing in Western Australia, serving until 1989 Always ready for new ventures, and the chance to meet new people, Sandy was enthusiastic when Mai was offered the position of vice-chancellor at the newly-created Northern Territory University in Darwin. Although it meant leaving behind their circle of friends and associates, Mai and Sandy were excited by the challenge of a new life together in Darwin. They were not disappointed. They were quickly embraced by the Darwin community, Sandy enjoying the tropical weather and easy-going lifestyle. It did not take long for Sandy to establish herself as a friendly social force to be reckoned with. She was perfectly suited to her role in the university, and enjoyed meeting new people and making everyone feel welcome. Before long, she had taught mahjong to some of the new and not so new Darwin girls and more networks of lasting friendships were formed. From Darwin, Sandy even managed to organise her daughter Bindy's wedding in Perth in April 1990. Sandy also continued her work for the aged. She served as secretary to the University of the Third Age and joined the NT Gerontology Association. She became an active member of the Alzheimers Association becoming president of the Northern Territory division in 1991 as well as serving as the national representative for the Australian association. In 1992, she was a volunteer visitor at the 10 694

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