The War Widows' Guild Of Australia
National Executive Members
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National President Mrs Meg Green

Meg has been a member of the War Widows’ Guild of Australia NSW Ltd. since September, 2008.  Meg joined the Guild following the death of her husband, in May, 2008.  Meg’s husband was a veteran of the Vietnam conflict having served in Vietnam from 1970 – 1971.  He was assigned to 1 Field Troop.  

 

Meg was appointed a Member Director on the New South Wales Board in 2010 and completed her 6 year term in 2016.  Meg also served as State President of the NSW Guild for one year and since 2014 has been the National President of the War Widows’ Guild of Australia.  From 2012 – 2014 she was also the National Treasurer of the War Widows’ Guild of Australia.

 

Meg is also the coordinator of the Younger Members group in NSW and is a member of the NSW Centenary of Anzac Advisory Council, a Centenary of Anzac Ambassador, an alternate director on the Board of AVCAT and is also a committee member of VCES.

 

Meg has had a long career in the nursing, retiring from the public sector prior to the death of her husband.  Whilst employed in the public sector she worked as a general clinical nursing in both surgery and midwifery before moving into management in the field of Waiting List/Bed Management.  After retiring from the public sector she worked part time in the aged care sector.  Whilst working in the aged care sector she took on the positions of President and Vice-President of the New Horizons Aged Care Branch of the New South Wales Nurses and Midwives Association. 

 

Meg is a Registered Nurse and a Registered Midwife.  She also has a Certificate in Orthopaedic Nursing and has also completed a Masters of Nursing.

South Australian State President Claudia Cream OAM
At the Annual General Meeting held on the 2nd June 2017 a new State President Mrs Claudia Cream OAM was elected. Mrs Cream has been a community volunteer and ambassador for women, communities and veterans. She met her husband Captain William Cream in Hong Kong and after marrying him, moved to South Australia where she studied law, arts, taxation and education, completed a Bachelor of Law (1981), Bachelor of Arts (1982) and Diploma in Education (1982) from Adelaide University and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (1983) in South Australian Institute of Technology (1983) and she became the first Asian-born practicing solicitor and barrister to be admitted to the South Australia Supreme court in the 1980s and also the first Asian Notary Public in S.A. in 1986. Since then she has been practicing law and has been an advocate and representative for many community organisations and received an OAM (Medal of the Order of Australia) for her service to the community in 2013. Claudia has been an advocate and supporter of the War Widows Guild since she joined in 2005 and is a familiar face at the meetings, luncheons and commemorations. She has acted as legal advisor since her election to the committee and as committee member, vice president and now president and she continues to work hard on behalf of all war widows in the state. By profession she is a practising lawyer in South Australia since 1983 as well as a registered tax agent and her community involvements as a volunteer in different communities in South Australia started in 1977 and are still continuing. There were numerous Committees on which she sat since 1983, the most prominent of which were the Committees of Australia Day Council of South Australia, South Australian Ministerial Advisory Group on Volunteering, the National Council of Women of SA, International Women’s Day of SA, the Order of Australia Association of SA, and being appointed as one of the Commissioners in South Australian Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission and many more. She has been on the South Australian Women’s Honour Roll since 2008, and in 2010 she was awarded the 2009 SA Governor’s Multicultural Outstanding Individual Achievement Award, The Irene Krastev Award for Community Services was awarded to her in 2015 by the International Women’s Day of SA. From 2012-2014, she was appointed by the Federal Government as one of the 8 People-of-Australia Ambassadors in SA for the promotion of multiculturalism. The Order of Australia was awarded to her in 2013 on the Queen’s birthday. She has also been the OzAsia Ambassador to promote the Festival since 2006 and is one of the Committee Members of the Migration Museum Foundation in SA.
Western Australian State President Janice (Jan) McLeod
Guild Member since 5 July 2010 Executive Committee – 2012 Vice President – 2012 – 2015 State President – 2015 Current Wife of the late Private Neville John McLeod of the 1st Battalion, Malaya Jan was born 13 November 1946 – the year her father returned from WW2. Her father died of accepted war causes and her mother became a war widow in 1984, joining the guild soon after. Jan was very happily married to her husband Neville spending most of her early married life looking after her husband and two children. She has one surviving daughter and two granddaughters. Jan resided in the Western Australian goldfields where she undertook office work within two engineering companies. Jan’s later years were spent caring for her mother and husband. Neville died in January 2010 of accepted war causes and she joined the guild five months later.
ACT State President Shirley Percival

Shirley-Ann Percival joined the ACT War Widows Guild on the 8 December 2003.Over many years she has held the position of Secretary, Treasurer, President from 2008 to 2011, Vice President and President from 2015 to the present date. Wife of the late Vietnam Veteran Major Harry Percival. Until her retirement Shirley-Ann managed a law firm in Canberra. Shirley now does volunteer work with the RSL visiting veterans in hospital.