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Tribute to Dorothy Isaksen

We stand on the shoulders of greatness here. This is especially true in Wakehurst, where we continue to benefit from the life of Mrs Dorothy Isaksen, member of the Order of Australia.

Her passing, in last August, and her immense contribution to politics was acknowledged in the other place on 18 October 2023. I too offer my condolences. Dorothy was a formidable role model for women in politics, but it is her community work in Wakehurst that I acknowledge here today. In 1976 Dorothy was an inaugural board member of Bringa Women's and Children's Refuge in Dee Why, which was one of only four refuges in New South Wales at the time. Forty years later, now known as Women and Children First, the refuge still supports women and kids escaping domestic violence. Unfortunately, it is meeting an ever-growing need. For 14 years Dorothy was involved also with Northern Beaches Legacy after her husband, Neville, died in 2002. She actively supported her fellow Legacy widows through her dedicated committee work. I offer my deepest thanks and humble promise to continue her awesome work.

13 March 2024, 20:13.

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