Page 4192 - Week 13 - Wednesday, 18 November 2015

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During Children’s Week I had the opportunity to visit one of the childcare centres in my electorate. I had a fantastic time, talking with the staff, talking with the children, and learning about the activities they undertake each day in “belonging, being and becoming”, the words they use to identify the work they are doing each day.

On Thursday, 5 November, I had the privilege to attend the graduation ceremony for Communities@Work’s Centre of Professional Learning & Education. My thanks to Chris Barry, the general manager of external relations; Lynne Harwood, the CEO; Lee Maiden, deputy CEO; and all the teachers, support staff and past and present students, in particular those who graduated at the ceremony I attended, who included Samantha-Jo Allen, Cheryl-Jane Gallagher, Molly O’Callaghan, Elizabeth Arellano, Ariella Guarino, Ashley Prideaux, Jaime Bonnett, Kara Hammell, Kerry Saxby-Junna, Rebecca Burgess, Hayley Hartig, Sophie Stanton, Rebecca Cargill, Diane Hunia, Rebecca Sultana, Janet Chandler, Gurpreet Kaur, Victoria Sutherland, Andrea Concepcion, Laura Kirkby, Akiko Takahashi, Giorgia Cox, Jessica Millard, Daniel Tedeschi, Maddison Cox, Amy Minchin, Brianna Thomas, Caroline Dalton, Sandra Norris, Yue Wang, Sarah Day, Saleena Nouaphay, Teri-Lee Webster, Josefa Demicoli, James Phillips, Zoe Fuller, Avril Pitt, John Hamilton, Daniel Schorn, Zaw Min Ohn Mar, Anita Senjic, Michaella Barbara, Sandra Henriques Costa, Esther Ramsey, Dimino Derkley, Songloc Ho, Emma Sims, Rhiannon Farrell, Phillipa McIntyre, Lisa Webster, Dhammi Gamage, Patricia Calderon-Perez, Katherine Whelan, Clarissa Hernandez and Leah Ramos.

I finish with a quote from Dr Seuss:

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.

My congratulations to those who graduated.


MADAM SPEAKER: I would like to acknowledge the presence in the chamber of former member of the Legislative Assembly Mr Lou Westende and former member of the ACT advisory committee Mr Jim Leedman. Welcome to the Assembly.


Mr Lou Westende OAM

MR DOSZPOT (Molonglo) (5.58): I tonight recognise and pay tribute to an important member of our Canberra community and a former member of the ACT Legislative Assembly. This significant Canberran was awarded a knighthood in the Order of Orange Nassau by Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands in 1995 in recognition of his work in enhancing the standing of the Dutch community in Australia. He also received an Order of Australia medal in the general division in January 1997 for service to the community and to business and commerce, the ACT Legislative Assembly, the ACT Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the National

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