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HAWKINS, Jennifer Louise (1959-2015)

HAWKINS, Jennifer Louise (1959-2015)

'Jennie' Hawkins.

'Jennie' Hawkins.

'Jennie' Hawkins, past student, parent and a member of The Geelong College Council since 2007, passed away after a short battle with illness. 'Jennie' was an extraordinary person both as a committed mother and for her advocacy work for Australian agriculture and rural communities. She was a Nuffield Scholar and was awarded a Centenary Medal for her service to regional communities. She also held numerous executive positions in both state and federal National Party organisations.

'Jennie' will be fondly remembered by the College community for her significant contribution as a member of The Geelong College Council and as a past student and parent, her passion for boarding, and for her valuable insight into farming and climate change as host of Year 12 Geography excursions over many years at the property 'Springfield'. She leaves a great legacy as a shining example for women in rural Australia.

Jennifer Louise Hawkins was inducted into the OGCA Gallery of Notable Old Collegians in 2016. She was described by the OGCA:
'As a community leader for rural communities, Jennifer proudly stood her ground and supported many worthwhile causes. She was a passionate advocate for rural people, particularly with farming, irrigation, health and education.'

Sources: Ad Astra July 2015 p52; Ad Astra July 2016 p44. OGC 1977.
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