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Farewell for respected advocate

Published: 20 August 2017

A TIRELESS advocate for the disadvantaged has been farewelled in Mount Gambier by hundreds of friends, family and supporters.

Viv Maher, 68, succumbed to a battle with cancer earlier this week. Aboriginal flags flew at half mast across Mount Gambier in tribute to the indigenous woman who helped countless people during her time as a social worker and rights advocate.

State Premier Jay Weatherill and Federal Senator Penny Wong were present at the memorial at the Mount Gambier Basketball Stadium along with hundreds of friends and family.

“Viv, I want you to know I have always admired you,” Ms Wong said in a video tribute. “You’re a strong woman, a feminist, and you have lived your values.” Ngarrindjeri elder Major Sumner spoke of Ms Maher’s enthusiastic work with the indigenous community.Ms Maher was made South Australia’s only life member of the Australian Association of Social Workers in 2016.

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers