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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 8 Hansard (23 August) . . Page.. 3512..


awards ceremony. I had the opportunity to hand out awards to many of the students at the Isabella campus. Michael Lee, Sandra Darley and Michelle Marks, as principal, senior campus head and deputy principal, gave me a wonderful welcome, as did the school captains and the entire school community. They do a wonderful job. They always give us a wonderful, warm welcome. They give all sides of politics a warm welcome when they are there, I know. I always feel a great sense of welcome, coming there to my old school.

I would like to pay tribute to the students. I think that they conducted themselves brilliantly. There are a couple of students, including the school captain, who received significant awards presented to them by ADFA for leadership. I understand both of those individuals are hoping to go on and be pilots in the pilot training program; I wish them very well in that endeavour.

It is a fantastic school community. Michael Lee does a great job. All of the teaching staff do a fantastic job. I look forward to my next opportunity to attend St Mary MacKillop Catholic college.

Community health services

MR HANSON (Molonglo) (11.47): I rise tonight to pay respect to a number of fantastic community health organisations who do great work in our community and who it has been my great privilege to be associated with over the last four years.

The first I would like to mention is Gift of Life and its president, David O'Leary. I think many of us would have participated in the Gift of Life DonateLife walk around the lake. It is the peak body for organ donation awareness in the Australian Capital Territory and surrounding districts.

Next I go to headspace ACT, and Nicole Hubbard and Lisa Kelly. I would recommend to anyone that they should visit that organisation for the great work that they do in providing support, information and assistance to young people aged 12 to 25 who are experiencing emotional and mental health issues.

Next is the Health Care Consumers Association. Darlene Cox and a whole swathe of people are associated with that organisation, including Suzanne Eastwood and Russell McGowan. They do great work as a peak body for consumer advocacy for health in the ACT.

I acknowledge the newly appointed president of the Heart Foundation, Andrew Caudle; the CEO, Tony Stubbs; and member Bill Caddey. They are a peak organisation. They do a lot of work in the area of cardiovascular disease. I had the great fortune—I am not sure if it was fortune or misfortune—of running a half marathon to raise money for the Heart Foundation with Tony back in 2009.

I go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Stan Platis is very active with that organisation, raising funds; it is the world's largest charitable supporter of type 1 diabetes research.


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