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Our Patron, Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley

"There would be very few of us here tonight who have not had personal or family experience of time spent in hospital or in out-patient health care. It can be an unsettling experience, a time perhaps of uncertainty and apprehension." Mrs Hurley told an audience of donors, supporters, volunteers and staff at a reception for the Canberra Hospital Foundation at the Governor-General's residence on 7th November 2019.

"The appearance of a friendly face or reassuring words can be an important part of making such experiences less threatening and more bearable. And, of course, access to the best possible health care, supported by the latest equipment, is something that we seek for ourselves and aspire to for our health services in general."

Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley (nee McMartin) was born and raised in Sydney. She was educated at Kingsgrove High School and went on to become a teacher, commencing in 1976. She married David Hurley in 1977.

In the course of their married life, Mrs Hurley has supported her husband throughout his career on a wide variety of postings in Australia and overseas, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and Malaysia.

Mrs Hurley’s own career in education has been in both the public and private school systems, until her retirement from full time teaching in July 2011. She has been an active member of the community as a Pastoral Carer at the Canberra Hospital and Hospice. Mrs Hurley holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of Canberra.

Mrs Hurley has an interest in the Arts, especially music. She is passionate about singing, and showing how singing, especially in a group, can have a positive impact on individuals and the community.

Mrs Hurley is a member and Patron of ‘Solid Rock’, a Christian Ministry to women in Defence. She has been a member of the St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church choir in Canberra and is a member of the Australian Military Wives Choir.

Mrs Hurley is dedicated to championing causes that are developing new technologies to recycle rubbish, and ways to reduce our use of plastic, particularly plastic packaging and plastics used for single use items, which are not only harmful to the environment but add unnecessarily to landfill sites.

Their Excellencies have three children: Caitlin, Marcus and Amelia.

"The Canberra Hospital Foundation aims to give patients the best experience possible during their stay in hospital. The foundation is also there to help support family members."

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