My interest in classical music was nurtured and encouraged at an early age by my Mother who played the piano. I had piano lessons for a number of years and whilst living in Ballarat was fortunate to be able to attend The South Street Competitions where I enjoyed hearing the best of music be it singing or instrumental as well as appreciating drama and dance. This musical grounding has continued to the present. I have been a supporter of and subscriber to The Australian Ballet, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Theatre Company, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Production Company for many years.
Because of my interest in the performing arts I applied for the position of Executive Officer of the Australian Ballet Society, a post I held for 13 years. The opportunity to work in this field gave me much satisfaction seeing the Society expand and fulfil its ideals of supporting the Australian Ballet and the Australian Ballet School.
Other pursuits included my involvement with the Girl Guide movement where I was a Leader, District Commissioner and Trefoil Guild member for many years.
Voluntary work within the community has played an important part of my life. Within the City of Kingston I was a member of the Mordialloc Village Committee and have been a Meals on Wheels volunteer over a long period.
Much time, enjoyment and fulfilment has been gained from being a member of Kingston University of the Third Age. I held the position of Secretary for 8 years and that of President for 4 years as well as a tutor in computer studies and music appreciation. As a chorister in the U3A Choir, Vivace Voices, and more recently assisting with the Senior Vocal section of the Mordialloc Eisteddfod, the involvement has been another way of continuing to pursue my interest in the arts.