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Entered on roll: 2005
Philippa Johnstone was born in Hobart and educated at the Fahan School and Launceston Teachers College, where she qualified as a primary school teacher. She married in 1971 and had three daughters.
Philippa taught at Glenora Primary School for two years, followed by Margate and Norfolk North Primary Schools. From 1977 until 2002, she assisted her husband, who was the owner of the Harley Johnstone Pharmacy at Penguin.
Philippa has dedicated the last 28 years to the Penguin community and has been involved in a wide range of community organisations. She was elected to the Central Coast Council in 1993 and served three terms.
Phillipa was a member of the Playschool Committee (1978-80) and the Penguin Primary School Mother’s Club (1979-88). In 1987, she was made a Life Member of the Mother’s Club. Philippa was a member of the local association of the Guides and Brownies from 1981-88, serving as Secretary and President and as an Assistant Brownie Leader for three years. She has delivered Meals on Wheels for the last 16 years.
Philippa has been on the management committee of the Warrawee Women’s Shelter for 11 years and has been President and is currently Secretary. Since 1996, she has been a member of the Coroneagh Park Auxiliary Home for the Aged, serving two years as Secretary and currently holding the role of Treasurer. Philippa was Vice President for six years of the Leven Training Centre and served as a board member for 10 years. In recent years, Philippa has played an active role on the local Online Access Centre Committee and as a volunteer at the Penguin Information Centre. She is currently President of the Penguin History Group.
In 2002, Philippa was presented with a Local Government Association Certificate of Outstanding Commitment. In 2003, as part of the Centenary of Federation of Australia celebrations, Philippa was awarded a Centenary Medal for her contribution to the community.