Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 6 Hansard (9 June) . .
He has also worked closely with me in my role as Chair of the Legislative Assembly Art Advisory Committee. I know that his contribution to the work of that committee and the effort he put into looking after the art collection has been very highly regarded by me, by former speakers, by MLAs and by all the various members of the art community that have been involved over the years.
Not the least of those groups, of course, are the artists themselves, whose works Neal knows backwards. He is an invaluable guide for our art tours of the building. The art collection has kept Neal quite busy over recent months because of building renovations. All the artworks have been safely removed and stored while the building works were underway. We regret that he is retiring before it is time to bring them out again.
In addition to all the contributions that a person makes during a long and varied career, Neal's work here will be remembered for how much he cares passionately about the people around him. He has an immense sense of kindness and a desire to be helpful. He will often go beyond the call of duty to help out, whether it is agreeing to host a group after hours or simply being there to support his colleagues in their efforts.
In addition to all his other duties, Neal has always found time to take on extra roles where he can provide support to those working with him. In a previous workplace, at the Canberra Hospital, he was an EEO adviser and here in the Assembly he has been the contact officer for respect, equity and diversity matters.
On behalf of all members, their staff and the office, I thank Neal sincerely for his contribution to the territory over the course of his career and to this place in particular. Neal, we wish you all the best and our loss, I am sure, will be your family's gain.
Motion (by Mr Gentleman) proposed:
That the Assembly do now adjourn.
MR DOSZPOT (Molonglo) (9.26): Last Friday night, I had the pleasure of hosting my annual charity trivia fundraiser and the nominated charity was Bosom Buddies, an organisation of volunteers who provide personal support to breast cancer patients and their families and supporters here in the ACT. The president of Bosom Buddies, Shelley Atkins, spoke on the evening about the role that she and the many volunteers of Bosom Buddies play in our community.
Breast cancer can affect anyone, and probably everyone in the room knows someone who has experienced it, whether it is a family member, friend, neighbour or work colleague.
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