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Awarded for Community Service
Born: 13 August 1950 Died: 31 July 2014
Entered on roll: 2015
Julie wanted to ensure that Girl Guides Australia was an organisation ready to take on the challenges of today’s world. As a Leader in Northern Tasmania (1991 – 2014) Julie provided opportunities for girls to develop self-confidence and self-respect.
As a trainer of adults Julie was respected for her tireless efforts to ensure that a high standard of leadership, both locally and nationally, was maintained. Julie assisted in developing and implementing creative, effective and well balanced Guiding programs, encouraging girls and leaders to have fun and take Guiding into the community.
As a Leader, Julie took girls to Japan, Hong Kong and New Zealand, providing them with an experience of international Guiding.
In January 2013, Julie was the Convenor for the Girl Guides Australia jamboree, ‘fanTAStic 2013’. This was a positive experience for the 1 800 local, national and international Guides who attended. It is estimated that this event injected $1.5 million into the Tasmanian community.
Julie shared her enthusiasm for the outdoors and was both State Outdoors Advisor (2003 – 2008) and National Outdoors Advisor (2008 – 2010). She promoted the outdoors to Guides as a place of unlimited possibilities and a way of developing self-confidence and self-reliance.
In 2005, Julie was the West Tamar Council Australia Day Citizen of the Year. In 2013, Girl Guides Australia recognised Julie for her achievements and honoured her with the Red Kangaroo Award. This award recognises outstanding national service to Guiding.
As an inspirational teacher, Julie made a substantial contribution to the Vocational Education Training syllabus at Launceston College and worked with industry to set up workplace training and assessment opportunities.
Julie passed away on 31 July 2014 and is survived by her husband and three adult children. She is remembered for her enthusiasm for Guiding and her great love for her family.