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Born: 28 June 1946
Entered on roll: 2009
Sandra Anne French was born in Suffolk, United Kingdom, on 28 June 1946. She migrated to Tasmania with her family in 1957 and attended Devonport and Penguin primary schools and Ulverstone and Burnie high schools. She gained her Tasmanian Teaching Certificate from Launceston Teacher’s College and spent over 20 years teaching in a number of schools. She married Dexter in 1967, and they have two daughters.
Sandra’s passion for her community shows strongly in the numerous organisations that have benefitted from her willingness, enthusiasm, professionalism and reliability. Sandra sits on an impressive number of boards and committees. She has represented the interests of a variety of health organisations, including the National Heart Foundation Tasmania, the Cancer Council Tasmania, the Rural and Clinical Medical School North-West, and the North-West Medical Research Board. Her interest in her community is wide-ranging, covering the Burnie Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Arts Council Burnie, the Burnie Historical Society, Rotary Inner Wheel, the Girl Guides Association of Tasmania and the Abbeyfield Society Australia, amongst others.
Sandra worked as a special education teacher from 1978 to 1985. She has had continued involvement with the School of Special Education and the Society for Multiple Disabled People Tasmania as a result of her affinity with disabled organisations.
Sandra was naturalised in 1985 at the Burnie City Council Chambers and ran that year in the Burnie City Council elections. She became the second ever female elected to the Council, and the first female elected Mayor in 1990. Sandra is one of the three longest serving Burnie City Councillors, with her terms spanning 1985 to 2009.
Sandra’s involvement in so many facets of the Burnie community has enriched both Burnie and Tasmania.