It is with sadness we remember our Patron, The Hon Ann Symonds AM who passed away on 15 November 2018. Born in Murwillumbah, Ann died peacefully in Sydney at St Vincent’s Private Hospital following a long period of illness.
A former NSW Parliamentarian from 1982 – 1998, Ann became Patron of SHINE for Kids in 1999 until her death.
Ann devoted her parliamentary life to the women and children that are neglected by economic rationalism, forming policies and programs for women in prison, children in institutional care, abused children and women subjected to domestic violence. The commitment displayed in Ann’s early teaching career was continued in her endeavours to educate those whose decisions so markedly affect the lives of the powerless.
At some personal cost, Ann supported gun control when it was an unpopular issue, well before the Port Arthur massacre in 1996. She was a founding member of both the Australian Parliamentary Group for Drug Law Reform and the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation.
As a founding member of the Legislative Council Standing Committee on Social Issues which she chaired from 1995 to 1998, Ann continued her fight for social justice. The recommendations from its reports on Violence Amongst Youth, Sexual Violence, Children’s Advocacy, Children of Prisoners, Clinical Trials & Guardianship and Nursing Homes were compassionate, practical and widely supported.
Please join us to celebrate Ann’s life at 2.00 pm on WEDNESDAY (28th November 2018) at St Stephen’s Uniting Church, 197 Macquarie Street, Sydney.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to SHINE for Kids.