Merle Mitchell AM Death – Obituary: Merle Mitchell AM a strong advocate for the rights of older people receiving aged care has passed away. According to the information flying across the social media earlier today, Merle Mitchell passed away on September 20, 2021 at the age of 87.
Things You Need To Know About Merle Mitchell AM
Merle Mitchell AM was born in Dandenong in 1934. Merle Mitchell has lived within this city for most of her life. Merle Mitchell trained as a kindergarten teacher.
Her contribution to the community has been immense, and she has become widely known and respected for her achievements at local, state and federal levels, especially as an advocate for the provision of adequate social welfare and advocate for the rights of older people in Aged Care.
In 1961, after four years in Gippsland, Merle and her husband, Eric, settled in the newly developing area of Sandown Park, where services were limited.
This prompted Merle to become an active lobbyist. Early involvements included the planning of kindergarten facilities across the City of Springvale and the establishment of Sandown Park Primary School.
Merle was a member of the steering committee which set up the Springvale Community Aid and Advice Bureau and she has remained committed to it for over twenty-five years.
Through SCAAB, Merle has helped many self-help groups like Springvale Indo Chinese Mutual Assistance Association and has delighted in witnessing the personal growth of their members.
Her role was vital in the establishment of many other local facilities, including The Springvale Neighbourhood House and the Family Mediation Centre. As a member of both the Victorian Council of Social Service and the Australian Council of Social Service, Merle’s input into the development of state and federal social welfare policies has been considerable.
She was part of the team which undertook the restructure of ACOSS in 1985 and served as its President for four years. Although she has ‘retired’, Merle continues as an ACOSS representative and adviser on various government committees.
In 2008, Merle was in the Spirit of Enterprise Project. The project celebrates the history of the Enterprise Migrant Hostel in Springvale which provided accommodation and settlement services to more than 30,000 migrants and refugees from all over the world between 1970 and 1992.
In 1991, Merle was awarded the Member for the Order of Australia (AM).
In 2015, Merle was the recipient of a Community Hall of Fame award as part of the Australia Day Awards.
This award acknowledges the lifetime of achievements of Merle, who has shown outstanding and sustained involvement in community life to help all residents feel welcomed and valued in our community.
Merle Mitchell Tributes Written By Friends and Families
Friends and Family are mourning the passing of their loved one Merle Mitchell. Below we have the few tributes posted on social media to honor the passing of the deceased.
So sorry to hear of the passing of amazing advocate Merle Mitchell AM 🙏
— C h r i s🏳️🌈🏳️⚧️🌏🌲🖤💛❤️💉💉 (@Chris86767838) September 21, 2021
Vale the legend Merle Mitchell – here we are together in APW 2019. She is at peace now and hopefully reunited with Eric, her loving husband and partner in so much that was good. @frankelly08 @AntiPovertyWeek @ACOSS pic.twitter.com/mJKgo3k4BL
— Toni Wren (@ToniWrenOz) September 21, 2021
Merle Mitchell has died. She became a dedicated advocate because as she put it; “I saw it needed to be done, for people who don’t have a voice…”
There’s a lot of that. We can all be inspired by Merle, as we work in our own ways to destroy the creeping Fascism enveloping Oz. pic.twitter.com/PocLCC5Acf
— Antifa Sewer Rat Payne 🎹😈 (@CarlDPayne) September 21, 2021
Vale Merle Mitchell. My sympathies to her family. I knew Merle a very long time ago and greatly admired her. #thedrum
— Gwen Gilbert (@gwendabgilbert) September 21, 2021
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How Did Merle Mitchell Died, Cause of Death?
At the time of this publication, we have no information regarding Merle Mitchell’s Cause of Death. There is no word from the family of Merle Mitchell yet. Nevertheless, we will update this as soon as we have more information to pass across.