Coleen Clare – Interim Chair
Coleen has been active in the feminist, lesbian community from 1980 working primarily for the welfare of women in the areas of violence against women, work and family balance and search and reconnection for relinquishing mothers, adopted and donor conceived people. She is a teacher and psychologist and has worked in leadership in the community and state and national government policy and program advice.
Coleen has a passion for women, mothers and children and families. She worked for IWDA (International Women’s Development Agency] for a decade with a particular interest in the Pacific Region. She is committed to working for the empowerment of Australia’s first Aboriginal People.
Her interests are- maintaining the natural world, reading, writing, film, a large extended family and Matrix.
Pat Mitchell– Treasurer
Pat was formerly a website designer and computer support staff member at La Trobe University IT Division and earlier in the Finance Division as an accountant, following many years of accounting in the private sector. Pat has been hearing-impaired for most of her life and in 2014 received her first cochlear implant. Pat has now received a second implant (bionic ear) in February 2016.
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Rosemary Wealthy– Secretary
Rosemary joined Matrix in 2014 & is new to the Committee this year. During her career, Rosemary worked in both the public and private sectors as a secondary school teacher, psychologist, management consultant and corporate coach. She is currently a volunteer with the Matrix Volunteer Visitor Program, and together with Pat Mitchell, produces the Matrix Newsletter. Since her retirement, Rosemary has been involved in voluntary work of various kinds, including working as a pet therapist in an aged care facility. She is currently involved in fundraising and other activities in support of women & girls in developing countries.
Anna Cook– Co-ordinator Volunteer Visitor Program
Anna Cook has been a member of the Matrix Committee since 2006. Recently retired from a career in secondary teaching, counselling and nursing, she is the current chair of the committee. She has worked enthusiastically to support older lesbians and looks forward to being involved in future Matrix initiatives. Anna is the co-ordinator of the new Visitor Program.
Chris Sitka– General Committee Member
Chris Sitka has been a lesbian feminist activist since the early 1970s when she simultaneously joined Gay Liberation and Women’s Liberation. As a member of numerous groups fighting for lesbian rights over the decades she has built up deep knowledge and understanding of the struggles and discriminations lesbians of her generation faced, and continue to suffer from. She joined Matrix to continue advocating for the interests of older lesbians. She has been a prolific writer and spoken at numerous conferences, forums, workshops and consultations on lesbian issues.
Robin Gregory – General Committee Member
Robin has been a lesbian feminist since the early 80’s and has been an activist in many areas including initiating the first Lesbian Festival in Melbourne in 1990. She has worked as a social worker, counsellor and manager in areas of family violence and aged services. Robin now works at Women’s Health In the North in a communications role.Robin is also passionate about writing and is working on her second crime novel featuring a lesbian Private Investigator.
Liz Smith – Vice Chair
Liz Smith has been a radical lesbian feminist activism for over twenty five years. She believes lesbians have a unique perspective and culture that needs protecting. She joined the Matrix Guild Committee to help organise club events. She brings creativity and planning skills to the committee.
Loretta Smith – General Committee Member
Loretta Smith has been a member of the Matrix committee since 2018. As a woman with a physical disability she is particularly sensitive to the needs of older lesbians dealing with the myriad of physical and mental needs of older women with disabilities and the physical/mental changes we may be challenged with as we age. Her working background has included managing programs for people with disabilities, case managing packages of care for aged clients in the community and supporting voluntary carers of people who are aged, have a disability or mental illness. She is also advocates for wildlife and the environment in her spare time.
Loretta has recently embarked on a new ‘career’ in writing, having her first commercial book, ‘A Spanner in the Works: The extraordinary story of Alice Anderson and Australia’s first all-girl garage’ published in March 2019.
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