My husband Terry and I migrated to Australia in 1969, settling in Noble Park in 1971. We wanted to put back into a community that gave us so much. Our three sons were raised and educated locally. I had a dual role as a councillor/Mayor as well as working in the public/private health sector for over 25 years. I have been active in this community for over three decades.
I am heavily involved in all of the community groups in Paperbark Ward, including senior citizens, service organisations, local sporting groups and schools.
I am particularly interested in the health and welfare of our resident. I am a life member of the Springvale Benevolent Society where we voluntarily provide food, food vouchers, as well as referrals to other agencies to support the disadvantaged in our local community. I am also very involved in the provision of better public transport and I am council’s representative on the Eastern Transport Coalition where we represent over a million residents in the South East.
I was the first female Mayor to represent Greater Dandenong in Xuzhou in China, which is a 5000 year old city, and the first female to be made an Honorary Citizen of Xuzhou.
I am the first female who was born overseas to be elected to Greater Dandenong City Council and the fourth female in a row to be Mayor of the City of Springvale.
I am also the only Jewish Mayor to represent both the City of Springvale and the City of Greater Dandenong.
One of my proudest moments was being part of the formal 'sorry' to the Aboriginal community in 1998.
I am proudly a Paul Harris fellow of the Rotary Club of Noble Park, Life Member of Springvale Community Links and was awarded a Queens Birthday Honours as a Member of the Order of Australia.