Page 3454 - Week 08 - Wednesday, 17 August 2011

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Ms Carol Nag

Master Builders Association—function

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (7.24): I would like to pause this evening to mark the passing of Carol Nag, the vice-president of 1RPH radio for the print handicapped. Carol died on 1 August this year at the age of 87. The extended 1RPH family were saddened by her death and will miss her. Carol made a long contribution and had a long association with radio for the print handicapped—over more than 20 years. I have been asked, and I am glad, to speak on behalf of radio 1RPH in marking Carol’s passing.

Carol was a regular morning supervisor and had many friends among the people who attended the station during the mornings. She trained others in their role and there was not one administrative task that she was not prepared to do. Carol was an excellent reader, and many readers have said that they benefited from reading with Carol and from being encouraged to become better readers by her example.

Carol was a member of the radio 1RPH board for more than 20 years, serving first as secretary and then as vice-president. She was an efficient and meticulous keeper of records and minutes, which are often complex. I have also been on the board there. Her record keeping was considered exceptional. The current president, Robert Altamore, has said to me that he was always confident in asking her when he needed to know what the board was doing on a particular matter, and that had been the case for many years. As vice-president, Carol provided wonderful support to Jean Bennett and other members of the board.

Carol had a deep commitment to and understanding of the purpose of radio 1RPH, which is to help people who are print handicapped by giving them access to printed information. Carol brought to the board her qualities of graciousness, compassion and wisdom. Carol was the person on the board who took the lead to ensure that everyone was looked after. Whenever there was an occasion when a card was needed or flowers needed to be sent when people were ill or were in hospital, Carol was always the one on the phone making sure that this was done. Often the flowers came from Carol’s own garden, as she was a passionate and gifted gardener. She was also a leader in the social activities of radio 1RPH.

Carol was a committed Christian and a dedicated member of the National Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canberra. Her contribution to the life of that church included being a member of the choir, a reader, a member of the Sunday school team and a friend to many church members.

Carol was also a close personal friend of many at radio 1RPH. The board and the membership of radio 1RPH want to pass on their deep sadness at Carol’s passing. I want to add to that my sure hope that Carol is in a better place right now.

In addition to that, Mr Speaker, it is not possible to let something go past. I will share a little snippet from today’s CityNews in the “Confidential” page, under the headline “No Joy for builders”. It says:

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