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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 07 Hansard (Wednesday, 29 June 2011) . . Page.. 2938 ..


like to put on the record now to thank them for their role in making the 2011 show happen. It includes the student musicians, who are coordinated by Mrs Bronwyn Brown, and who include Naomi Kwong, Nicole Fung, Vivian Zhu, Naomi Nguyen, Laura Pham, Mia Di Bortoli, and Erin, Liam and Aidan Pierlot.

There were the student cafe assistants, coordinated by Mrs Beth Girvan. On Friday night there were Emma Speldwinde, Sally Foster, Beth Stone, Kate Goodman, Sam Hartwig, Tinmay Yu, Alex Cardew-Hall, Meg Cole-Adams, Tiffany Westende, Isaac Dugdale and Brendan Wright. On Saturday and Sunday at the cafe, there were Jinhee Schneider, Alex Richards, Jess Nutt, Daniel Melloy, Kate Overton-Clarke, Lauren Farley, Sophie O’Dea, Courtney Streeter, Bridget Seberry, Jasmine Braybrooks, Isaac Dugdale, Tim Allen, Brendan Wright and Ben Hood.

The art show committee was coordinated by Hanna Baudert. Her committee included Shari Blumer, Fionna Granger, Tania Methorst, Berend Methorst, Ruth Kovacic, Poh Ling Lee, Marietta Brinkley, Sue Miller, Roza Passos Faunce, Helen Marsden, Susan Hall, Berend Methorst, Tracey Fitzgerald, Kate Potter, Lindy Armstrong, Jan Gatenby and Andy Peyton. Some of those people had multiple roles on the committee.

Finally, I mention the Radford College staff who supported the event: Robert Harris, Celia Lindsay, Rob Riley, Allan Pennicook, Allan Lee, Beth Girvan, Bronwyn Brown, Helen Swarbrick, IT staff and Jennie Currie.

I commend them all and thank them all for their wonderful work. We all look forward to the 28th art show in 2012.

Mrs Melpomeny “Melba” Tsoulias—death

MR DOSZPOT (Brindabella) (10.42): In tonight’s adjournment debate it is with deep sadness that I make this condolence speech about the death of Mrs Melpomeny “Melba” Tsoulias. This morning, Wednesday, 29 June 2011, around 400 members of the Canberra community attended the funeral service for Mrs Melba Tsoulias at the Greek Orthodox Church of St Nicholas in Kingston. Mrs Tsoulias passed away last Saturday, 25 June 2011 and, with her death at the age of 90 years, the Greek community of Canberra lost one of its post-World War II pioneer members. She was a true matriarch of the Tsoulias family and a key figure in the social and philanthropic activities of Australian Hellenism.

She was born in the Greek Macedonian city of Florina on 21 May 1921. Melpomeny “Melba” Tsoulias arrived in Australia in October 1951, accompanying her two infant children, Sophia and Constantine. Her husband, the well-known leader of Australia’s Greeks, Nick Tsoulias, had arrived in January 1951. He became one of the pioneers of the building and construction industry in Canberra.

Melba Tsoulias had a pleasant and vivid personality, eager to contribute in community affairs. She stood by her husband, Nick Tsoulias, when he was building the Hellenic Club. She was next to him when he was erecting the Greek Orthodox Church of St Nicholas and she was encouraging him when he was elected inaugural leader of the Greek Macedonian Federation in Australia. She opened her house, admitting hundreds


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