Margaret has taught Tai Chi in Boroondara for 26 years. She believes this gentle exercise is beneficial for people’s mental and physical health and wellbeing. Margaret was also a member of the Camberwell Community Centre Management Committee for 21 years. She advocated for and supported the redevelopment of the Camberwell Community Centre in her position as President.
“I recognised from an early stage that the Centre needed bigger premises to cater for the community in the future, and as the President I was able to oversee the creation of the magnificent new Camberwell Community Centre building by City of Boroondara Council,” she said.
Her other achievements include being the first female Victorian Branch Commissioner for Cubs, a long serving committee member of the Victorian Flute Guild, and the Treasurer and Editor of the Flautist magazine. Margaret was also awarded our Boroondara Volunteer of the Year award for 2022 for her commitment to volunteering in our community.
“Career-wise, I was a research scientist at the Leather Research Department of the CSIRO, developing recycling of tanning salts, initially to save on chemical costs and now important for environmental issues. The concept is now used for all leather tanning processes all over the world,” Margaret said.
Margaret believes women are equal to every other person in society and they should not doubt their capabilities.
“Women are the backbone of most households and as such, have the ability to extend that value and expertise to dealing with any situations in life,” she said.
“Women’s contributions in employment shouldn’t be undervalued, and the recent pandemic further highlighted the value of women in education and nursing.”
When asked what International Women’s Day means to her, Margaret said women through the ages have contributed to the fabric of society, often without recognition of their value.
“International Women’s Day goes some way in highlighting the cultural, political and socioeconomic achievements of women and also to engender a degree of worth of the value of women in society,” Margaret said.
“Women make up about 50% of the population and should be on equal terms of leadership in all aspects of society. The world would be a better place all round if this was the case, and International Women’s Day recognises this.”