Tuesday, 16 May 2023

Members statements

Marie Hodgens

Marie Hodgens

Matt FREGON (Ashwood) (13:16): I rise with sadness to recognise the recent passing of Labor comrade and much-loved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and community advocate Marie Hodgens. Marie was a dedicated and passionate member of our patch, with a tireless ability to organise the grassroots causes she believed in, dedicating countless hours to bettering the community that she lived in.

As a proud conservationist, Marie was actively involved in the Friends of Wattle Park group for 30 years, receiving the best friend award from the friends environment network in 2007. Marie served on the school council of the former Burwood high school, which is now the site of Deakin Uni, and served on the board of directors for Box Hill Hospital. An active and passionate member of the humanists society and the rationalist association, Marie served in many positions on the executive of both organisations that are dedicated to the values of building a more humane and compassionate society.

In her career as an electorate officer Marie was an advocate for many who found themselves in a tough spot and was always ready to lend a hand. In recognition of the significant contributions Marie made to our community, she was a most worthy recipient of the Caroline Chisholm award for voluntary service in 2005. Marie will be remembered as a proud and devoted member of our community who will be greatly missed. Vale, Marie Hodgens.