Eleanor Sumner has been the CFA representative on Standards Australia Technical Committee ME-064 Access for People with a Disability for approximately 10 years. Her work as a consumer advocate extends beyond her work with the Consumers Federation of Australia.
Eleanor has had a life long commitment to women’s issues. After serving in the Women’s Royal Navy she spent many years living in exotic locations such as Hong Kong, Singapore and the Dominican Republic where she was awarded the “Freedom of the City” of San Domingo in recognition of her work supporting disadvantaged women in that city.
Among her achievements she has served on the Board of the International Council of Women (ICW) based in Paris, with six years as vice president. She also served as the President of the National Council of Women Victoria, the national convener for the Women and Employment Standing Committee for the National Council of Women Australia and is an honorary life member of both the Victorian and Australian organisations. She has served on planning committees at both the Royal Melbourne and Epworth Hospitals to advise on the establishment of the Hospital in the Home Program. She was on the Board of Governance of the Health Issues Centre and was pivotal in the establishment of the Women’s Information and Referral Exchange (WIRE).
Currently Eleanor is a member of the Northern Health Community Advisory Committee. She is also the YWCA delegate to the United Nations Status of Women committee for Victoria and to the National Council of Women in Victoria.
In July 2011, Eleanor attended the International Women’s Summit sponsored by the World YWCA, in Zurich. See http://www.worldywcacouncil.org/International-Women-s-Summit Over 800 women from 105 countries attended. Eleanor put forward a topic for a workshop which became a breakout session entitled Global Movement to end Child Marriages.
The Consumer Federation of Australia is extremely fortunate to enjoy the support of individuals like Eleanor Sumner and the community is much better for her ongoing dedication and commitment to voluntary service.