Philanthropy Australia is deeply saddened to report the passing of long time Council member and Life Member, Ben Bodna AM. Ben will be well-known to many members as Trustee of the Jack Brockhoff Foundation and Chairman of Foundation Boroondara, as well as through his work as President and then Vice-President of Philanthropy Australia.
In previous roles Ben Bodna was Director-General of Community Welfare Services Victoria, Deputy-Secretary of the Law Department of Victoria, first Public Advocate for the State of Victoria, and former President of Unicef Australia. He had a long involvement with many community organisations including the People Together Project, the Purple Sage Project, and Camcare, and a strong interest in disability and in improving the justice system. In 1984 he received VCOSS’ Special Award for Community Service. He was awarded an AM for community service in 1992, and in 1996 the Victorian Council for Civil Liberties recognised him for “outstanding commitment to the promotion of human rights and freedom”.
In his time at Philanthropy Australia Ben was inaugural chair of the Disability Affinity Group and a strong advocate for the development of community foundations. Notable for his gentleness and thoughtfulness, he will be greatly missed. Philanthropy Australia extends condolences to Kay and family.
Oct. 21, 2008
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