MR GEPP (Northern Victoria) (10:00): I rise to pay tribute to one of Woodend’s most active and committed residents, Sheila Drummond, who sadly passed away over the weekend. Sheila was a driving force behind the Woodend Winter Arts Festival. Her contacts in the literary world were impeccable and contributed greatly to the programming each year. It is no surprise that anyone who has been associated with the festival has taken the news of Sheila’s passing very hard. The festival is a huge drawcard for the region, generating scores of visitors, and it will forever be a legacy of Sheila and her dedication to the arts and to Woodend.
Again, her work for and membership of the Friends of Macedon Ranges Libraries was fuelled by a commitment to learning, to the arts and to maintaining the quality of local libraries, which in the Macedon Ranges especially are such a key component of the local community for young and old alike. And of course there was Sheila’s absolute dedication to the Woodend branch of the ALP, from holding executive positions to volunteering and fundraising.
Sheila was a regular visitor to my office for the various functions we hold, and she was always up for a chat. Sheila was always vibrant and gracious, with a sharp wit. She was both positive and encouraging to those that she met as well as having a deep connection to the Woodend community. My deepest condolences to her family and friends, especially to her beloved husband and former Woodend ALP branch president, Don. Comrade, we stand with you at this very difficult time. Vale, Sheila Drummond.