Virginia’s legacy

3 May 2023|Community News, Prime Times| Off Comments off on Virginia’s legacy|

Glenorchy community member Virginia Cairns – who passed away in June last year – has been added to the Tasmanian Honour Roll of Women for her contributions to the Tasmanian disability sector.

Despite being born with a number of intellectual disabilities and a rare debilitating condition called Smith Kingsmore Syndrome, Virginia showed others living with disability what was possible.

Known for her zest for life, Virginia contributed significantly to her community through art, sport and service.

“Virginia achieved so much in her 53 years despite the many challenges she faced,” Virginia’s mother Joy said. “She modelled what was possible for people with significant learning and physical challenges through her work as an artist at Planetree Studio in Salamanca, as an athlete at the inaugural New Zealand Special Olympics, and as a founding member at AURORA Disability Services.”

Mrs Cairns said the award was a reminder of the impact her daughter had on the community.

“Knowing that she had been honoured in this way was stating that her life had real meaning,” she said.

“Her attitude towards life was instrumental in transforming the lives of people with disabilities for the better.

“Virginia never let her disability stop her from contributing and participating in life – she showed people what was possible.

“Her passing in June last year from rapid onset vascular dementia had an impact on so many. I received countless messages, letters, calls and emails from members of the community who were grieving her death.

“She had a huge impact on so many lives and her legacy will forever be remembered.”

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