Mr FREGON (Mount Waverley) (13:58): I rise with a somewhat sombre tone to recognise, acknowledge and celebrate the life of an exceptional and much-loved Mount Waverley district community member, Marjorie Walker. Marj was an active member of our community, an inspiring arts educator, a treasured teacher and a passionate advocate for others. Her work stretched from Australia to Tanzania, Kenya and Papua New Guinea. Marj was the head of expressive arts at Sogeri National High School in Port Moresby from 1972 to 1985 and played a part in the independence ceremony of lowering the Australian flag at that school.Marj was the driving force behind the Friends of the Highway Gallery in Mount Waverley for over 30 years and once that closed established the Circle of Art Friends at the start of 2018. That is when I was lucky enough to meet Marj and her husband, Alfred. As long-time friend Felicity Smith said:

She was a very energetic person bringing a wealth of knowledge of the arts to everything she did.

As an inaugural member of the Monash Reconciliation Group, her enthusiasm for projects and connections was hard to match. Marj really did epitomise kindness and a genuine true Aussie community spirit. She would often come to the office and regale us with her knowledge of the arts and Papua New Guinea. Vale, Marjorie Walker.