Mrs Claudia Cream OAM was elected at the Annual General Meeting held on the 2nd June 2017 as State President. Mrs Cream has been a community volunteer and ambassador for women, communities and veterans for many years.
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.
Claudia has sat on numerous Committees 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.