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Cancellation of Mobile Office
Due to unavoidable circumstances I will not be able to be at the Kaleen Mobile office this Friday 1/08/2014. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
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“Matters of Public Importance - Your Assembly @ Work”
“Matters of Public Importance - Your Assembly @ Work” is a newsletter produced by the Clerk of the ACT Legislative Assembly. It provides an overview of the most recent business of the Assembly in a brief but informative way. I would highly recommend the newsletter to all Canberrans interested in the business of the Assembly.
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Assembly @ Work” – The Legislative Assembly’s school newsletter
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Final report on my study tour to undertake research into legislation, and the regulation and administration of euthanasia in Switzerland, the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Belgium
From the Porter Report July 2014 - Great Local Pharmacy
Recently Mary attended a community open day that was hosted at Capital Chemist Charnwood.
The pharmacy showcased an impressive range of services that they offer, including wound management, medication reviews, mobility equipment, continence advice as well as a free maternal and child health clinic.
“It was great to see that Charnwood Capital Chemist is not just an outlet where people buy over-the-counter and prescription medicines, but also a place which provides the community with other primary health care services,” Mary said.
“This as you know is critically important, given that chemists are located closer to where people live and work, making health services more accessible.
“It’s no wonder that earlier this year Charnwood Capital Chemist was named Pharmacy of the year.” Mary stated. “This is an achievement that clearly shows their commitment to excellence and forward-thinking patient focus.”
I congratulate Samantha Kourtis and all the staff at the Charnwood Capital Chemist, well as the former manager Brian Frith, for their accomplishment and wish them all the best,” Mary concluded
From the Porter Report July 2014 - Indigenous Children Doing Well
Recently Mary attended the Podmore Foundation's Scholarship Presentation Lunch at the Royal Canberra Golf Club.
The Podmore Foundation Inc. is a non-for-profit organisation that engages a diverse group of Australians who are dedicated to creating educational opportunities for others.
The organisation raises funds and mentors specially-selected Indigenous boys and girls from rural and remote communities and towns, who have received scholarships on merit to some of Australia’s finest independent boarding schools.
Mary and her husband Ian have been involved with Podmore over several years, and they continue to donate privately to assist several students to live and study in Canberra. One of the beneficiaries, Miss Sarah-Cait Kirkland (pictured above), is a young Indigenous student from Moree, now studying at the Canberra Girls Grammar School (CGGS).
“As a mum to five children, ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild, I know that the greatest gift you can give to a child is a good education, and Ian and I are delighted at the opportunity of assisting these children to achieve their dreams,” Mary said.
“The lunch provided us an opportunity to catch up with Miss Kirkland, and others, where we discussed how they were progressing in their studies,” Ms Porter remarked.”
This individual scholarship is named after Mary’s deceased parents, Mr and Mrs Pannell, who gave Mary the opportunity of emigrating from England to Australia as a child.
“Ian and I wish all the students all the best in their studies,” Mary concluded.
For further information on how you can be involved visit http://podmorefoundation.org
From the Porter Report July 2014 - Eagle Takes Flight
In late May Mary opened an art exhibition by the Ginar Maliyan Mob, at the Belconnen Community Services,
The Ginar Maliyan Mob is a community group that is led by Duncan Smith, and works with young Indigenous people to introduce them to their culture through art, dance, music, leadership, respect, caring for community, confidence and self-pride. The organisation relies purely on community support and fundraising.
“I have known Duncan for many years, and I appreciate and support the work he does in the community, and particularly the work he undertakes with young Indigenous people,” Mary said.
“I have had the privilege of opening several of Duncan's other art exhibitions, including last years Ginar Maliyan art exhibition, which was part of the NAIDOC Week Celebrations. This year it fittingly was during the National Reconciliation week, Mary stated.
“I congratulate Duncan for his hard work in providing indigenous children and young people with this wonderful opportunity to learn important life skills, which they can use to express themselves to us, Mary said.
“I congratulate also all the children and young people of the Ginar Maliyan mob, parents, carers, local businesses and all organisations and volunteers for their contribution towards making this program run successfully,” Mary concluded.
From the Porter Report July 2014 - “LIFE INTO OUR DAYS” Opening of New Day Hospice
Recently Mary officially opened the Covenant Care at Holy Trinity Southside Day Hospice in Curtin- a non-denominational centre which offers one day a week activities for people with terminal illness.
This South-side service comes a year after the Holy Covenant Anglican Church in Jamison started providing similar services for clients in the North-side.
“It is a ‘day with a difference’ that gives those with a life threatening condition, not only a chance to meet others facing similar circumstances, but also provides spiritual, emotional and social support outside of their homes,” Ms Porter said. “It puts life into their days- if not days in their lives.”
Both North-side and South-side centres are designed as an extension of palliative care.
“As you know, palliative care will affect most of us at some stage in our lives, whether as a patient, carer, family member, friend or a neighbour. This is why promoting the understanding of palliative care services and offering a range of different service options is important for our community,” Ms Porter said.
For further information about the services please visit http://www.pallcareact.org.au.
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