E-Blast: Vale Philia Polites

QDN is deeply saddened at the passing of Philia Polites on 2 July, 2020.  Philia has contributed greatly to QDN in many ways over the years.  Philia was an inspirational person, great mentor and a person who was committed to human rights and social inclusion, especially for more marginalised and vulnerable groups and she channelled this energy as a local support group convenor and peer leader.   Philia served on QDN’s Board of Directors from 2015-2019. During this time Philia was also a member of QDN’s Audit and Compliance Committee. Philia’s skills and knowledge from her public sector and voluntary roles also brought depth to her involvement in QDN.

Philia was delighted to have recently been awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her service to people with disability and to the community.

Philia was a very valued member of QDN, sharing her wisdom and being a steward of QDN’s values and principles.  Philia will be greatly missed and our thoughts are with Philia’s family and close friends at this time.