Page 3694 - Week 10 - Wednesday, 13 September 2017

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In his many volunteering roles, David was universally noted for his willingness to lend a hand, his respectful approach and his good humour. He was someone who touched many throughout the community with his incredible generosity.

Pat Gration, the CEO of Canberra Seniors Centre, said:

David treated members and staff with respect and inclusiveness. His ever-present sense of humour lifted spirits during times of pressure.

Fiona May, the current chair of the Ministerial Advisory Council on the Ageing, whose presence I also acknowledge here today, reflected:

David was a committed and active member of the Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing. He always brought a considered perspective to our business and could be relied upon to lighten our meetings with humour as well. I will certainly miss his presence when the new council meets.

I extend my own thanks to David as well as my condolences to his family—his wife, Peggy, and his daughters, Sue and Angela—and his many friends. And I extend my condolences to people who worked with David in his very many community roles.

David’s committed and generous work, to which he brought grace, expertise and good humour, is appreciated, and he will be dearly remembered by many in the ACT community. He provided an example many now seek to follow, and his work, his advocacy and his care for the community will be sorely missed.

MADAM SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Ramsay. There are many, can I say, who knew David. On behalf of the Assembly, our wishes go to the family here.

Latin American Cultural Centre

MRS KIKKERT (Ginninderra) (6.18): Amongst the many enjoyable things that I got to do this past Sunday, one of the highlights was a visit to Canberra’s new Latin American Cultural Centre. This facility is the first of its kind in the ACT, and Canberra’s Latin American community members are thrilled to have it.

The new centre will promote Latin American culture by providing a space where a number of cultural groups and activities can thrive. Spanish language classes are already being taught, and dance lessons are available for tango, bachata, salsa, and zumba. Here, Canberrans can also find Mexican cooking workshops and handcraft markets. Visitors can watch Latin American movies and find books. Latin American artists will be using the space to showcase their works, and the Spanish Pioneros scouts meet in the centre. Older Latin Americans in the Canberra community will also be able to enjoy this venue as a meeting space where they can spend time together.

The Latin American Cultural Centre is supported by the Spanish Speakers Association, a non-profit organisation run by a volunteer committee of parents, and will be the home of the association’s Spanish language school, called Ositos Cool. One of the central goals of the organisation is to encourage younger generations of

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