(Community Recognition Statement, 26 February 2014, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
Today I celebrate the life of Charlotte Dawson who tragically passed away on 23 February this year.
I was fortunate to have known Charlotte who was a passionate supporter of many social justice organisations and reforms and a champion of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex [LGBTI] community. Charlotte was an ambassador for Community Brave, an organisation that combats bullying and homophobia, and also a strong supporter of Australian marriage equality. The New Zealand born Sydney resident was caring, compassionate and always willing to help those in need. She bravely shared her battle with depression and the impact it has on people's lives. On behalf of the Sydney electorate I thank Charlotte for her meaningful, long-lasting and positive contribution to our city.