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Entered on roll: 2005
Pym Trueman was born in Adelaide. She spent the first nine years of her life on her father’s sheep station in rural South Australia. She completed her education as a boarder at the Presbyterian Girls’ College in Adelaide. Leaving school at age 16, Pym returned home to work on her father’s farm because many of the station workers were absent on war service. Pym later went to live with her mother in Whyalla, studying secretarial skills at the Technical College.
Pym married and lived in Perth, Canberra and Melbourne. She has six children, four daughters and two sons.
Following a marriage breakdown Pym took her two year old son to India where she was a representative of For Those Who Have Less, an organisation which exported sheep and cattle to India to assist with herd improvement. She spent 12 months living with a colony of outcastes in Sri Lanka on a Community Aid Abroad development project.
On her return from India, Pym settled in Tasmania and enrolled at the University of Tasmania as a mature age student in Special Education. A full time student for seven years, she also worked as an aide with the Tasmanian Spastics Association and established a Non-Verbal Communication Committee with other speech therapists. After her graduation in 1981 Pym was posted to Queenstown where she was responsible for delivery of Special Education in four schools for the next two years.
Pym is active in the Baha’i Community, and was one of 19 Australians selected to attend the Baha’i 100 Year Commemoration in Haifa, Israel. She also spent 12 months in Western Samoa serving as secretary to a Samoa Mata’i village chief who was a leader of the Western Samoan Baha’i Community. She returned to Tasmania and was appointed as a Non-Government Liaison Officer for the Tasmanian Baha’i Community. In this role she provided support to a range of community organisations. In 1997 Pym received a Human Rights Week Award in recognition of her ‘dedicated and voluntary service in the areas of peace, Aboriginal reconciliation and inter-faith relations.’
Pym is also involved in the United Nations Association of Tasmania serving as Secretary and Vice President. She is currently the Information Officer for the National Association. In 2001, she received the United Nations Day Award, and was made a Life Member in the following year, in recognition of her outstanding service to the Association.