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Judith Cleaver

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Judith Cleaver

Awarded for service to the Community

Born: 1938

Entered on roll: 2013


"With a mouthful of scone how could she refuse joining the auxiliary?" So began a long association with Retarded Children's Welfare Association (RCWA) and Oak Tasmania.

Judith Cleaver, born on 28 July 1938, has made a significant contribution to the Tasmanian community and women's organisations.

At a morning tea in the 1960s, Judith's name was put forward to join the Retarded Children's Welfare Association (RCWA) auxiliary to support fundraising to buy curtains and furniture for the new Quiet Room. So began Judith's long association with the RCWA, serving as Southern Region Secretary and Hobart committee member, then as a member of the Board of the Directors. Judith took a particular interest in the establishment of welfare services when RCWA became the company, Oak Tasmania, in 1992. When Judith resigned as a Director of Oak Tasmania in 2008 she was made a Life Member.

A strong feminist, Judith headed the Commonwealth's Women's Information Service in Tasmania and worked extensively with the National Council of Women, women Senators, ethnic women's groups and women's non-government organisations. She was also an inaugural member of the Tasmanian Council of Women.

As an Officer with the Commonwealth Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Judith advocated against domestic violence. She had input into Federal policies on human rights, equal opportunity and discrimination. Judith also served on committees to oversee funding to women's organisations.

Judith was instrumental in developing the Legal Line for women in need of legal advice on the West Coast of Tasmania and served as a social work volunteer for the Community Legal Service.

Judith's career also included working for the Tasmanian Council of Social Service (TasCOSS), Lifeline and as Brighton Council's Manager, Community Services. These positions involved working with a range of community groups.

Judith has served as a Treasurer on the TasCOSS Board, the Claremont College Board and was a Convenor of the Southern Regional Health Committee. She was also a member of Housing Tasmania's committee to establish a method to allocate public housing.

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