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Marie was born in South Australia where she has spent most of her life. Educated at secondary, tertiary and post graduate level in Adelaide, she has been involved in teaching and educational leadership since that time. In 1986, she became Principal of St Mary’s College, a role she had for more than 18 years. This passion for learning has continued with a part-time consultancy in education which has enabled her to travel widely.

A member of the Rotary Club of Adelaide West since 1997 when she became a member in response to the involvement of the club in supporting St Mary’s College, Marie has been President of the Club (2001-2002) and has enjoyed being involved in a range of activities within it.

At District level, Marie has been involved in a number of roles, including chairing the Group Study Exchange Committee for two years, District Secretary in 2008-09 and Assistant Governor Group 1 for 2009-10 and 2010-11. Marie was also Host Counsellor for an Ambassadorial Scholar from Japan in 2009 and 2010, and she is a Club Visioning Facilitator.

Marie and Ken have two wonderful children (and a wonderful daughter-in-law and son-in-law) and are grandparents of Alexander, Emma and Hamish, with whom they love spending time. They also share an interest in reading, travel, football and gardening.

Long passionate about ensuring that an opportunity is given to all people of all ages, cultures and geographical areas to be healthy, active, cared for and creative members of a peaceful, sustainable and productive society, Marie hopes that she is able to continue to contribute to the wonderful work of Rotary to help bring this closer for all.