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Awarded for service to Business, Industry and Workplace Relations; Community Advocacy and Inclusion; Education and Training; Environment; and Volunteering
Born: 6 September 1950
Entered on roll: 2021
Mary Dean is passionate about making a difference for adult learners, the environment, women and the community and gender equity.
After bringing up her family, Mary enrolled at the University of Tasmania and graduated with a Bachelor of Adult and Vocational Education in 2000. Mary’s career has included training consultant, TasTAFE lecturer, political adviser, electorate assistant, pharmacy assistant and small business owner.
Mary has supported other women locally, nationally and internationally as a member/ director of Business and Professional Women Australia (BPW) for over 40 years. Mary has also been involved with the Launceston Chamber of Commerce and WISE Network for women in Small Business.
Mary served on the inaugural board for Landcare Tasmania’s State Management Committee from 1990 to 1995 and has overseen the Tasmanian Landcare Awards judging panels. Mary was an early female board member of Landcare Australia and advocated for women to hold more senior roles in Landcare.
Mary was an executive member of the Trevallyn Primary School and Riverside High School Parents and Friends groups and the Max Fry Community Hall Trust, helping raise funds for school and hall infrastructure. Mary’s lobbying and fundraising work included for sun-safe undercover shade areas, which are now recommended for all school developments. Mary also campaigned for mandatory swimming pool fencing in the early 1990s.
Through her employment Mary advocated for many Tasmanian communities and organisations including the Beaconsfield Mine Disaster and the East Coast Bushfires.
Mary proudly advocates for her grand-daughter, who has a physical disability, and is a contributor at National Disability Insurance Scheme meetings and provides feedback on current issues.
Mary has convened seminars, workshops and conferences at local, state, national and international levels to encourage girls and women to reach their full potential.