Helen Mitchell was the inaugural U3A Benalla President in 1996 and held this position for 1997, continuing her involvement and interest in our U3A for almost two decades. In 2002, she chaired the U3A Benalla Health and Well-being in Later Life seminar with the aim of working with allied health professionals and other organisations. Attended by 120 participants and service providers, the outcome resulted in extending the opportunity for members. Successful ongoing U3A Benalla programs such as, Singing for Fun, with the initial sessions held in the Mitchell home, Lifeball and Easy Walks were added to the program. U3A members were also invited to attend appropriate established programs at Community Health, Aquatic Centre and other groups.
Helen enriched the lives of her community with her diverse interests including ongoing education; public health issues; local government; music and the arts, holding several senior positions. U3A Benalla extends sympathy to Helen’s husband, Graham and to their family.