The entire PRONIA family was deeply saddened by the news that one of the founders, Margaret Moraitis OAM, had passed away.
Margaret was instrumental in organizing the first informal meeting in August 1972 between the founding members of the Australian Greek Welfare Society (AGWS), Dr. Spiro Moraitis, George Papadopoulos and Nick Polites. This meeting would eventually lead to the creation of an organization that will vigorously defend the rights of immigrants and their children, with an emphasis on improving services in the fields of education, health care, social welfare, childcare and the preservation of the Greek language .
True to their cause, both Spiro and Margaret worked tirelessly to build solid foundations for AGWS and for the good of the community. The cornerstone of this foundation has been their commitment to giving back to the community, serving on various committees and representing AGWS on a number of government agencies dealing with issues related to social welfare, health and education.
Margaret served AGWS as president, chairman, secretary and member of the executive committee. She was also AGWS’s archivist during this time. Margaret was also a member of numerous health-related committees, task forces and civil society organizations such as the Council for Ethnic Communities of Victoria (ECCV) from 1988 to 94 and the Kastellorizian Association of Victoria. In recognition of her work, she was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in June 1987 and became a member of “Who is Who of Australian Women”.
Mrs. Moraitis was born on 9 April 1937 in Melbourne to Evangelos and Katina Hetrelezis. She attended Camberwell High School and upon graduation enrolled in Welfare Studies at Chisholm College of TAFE.
From 1955 to 1958 she worked as a secretary for the Commercial Bank of Australia and then as a medical secretary in her husband Spiro’s medical practice in 1959, leading the ‘Dr. Moraitis Chambers’ (the operation) for nearly 60 years.
No words can express our gratitude for her invaluable contribution and pioneering work of the Australian Greek Welfare Society (PRONIA), except that of Dr. Moraitis himself, during the twentieth anniversary of AGWS, in 1992:
“A special tribute must be paid to Margaret Moraitis, whose commitment, dedication, efficiency and sheer hard work since 1971 has led to the founding of AGWS and its continued existence over the 20 years of its existence.
Margaret is one of the most consistent and persistent contributors to the AGWS, the Victorian Ethnic Communities Council and the community. Her efforts have not been fully recognized and appreciated and I take this opportunity to thank her in appreciation of her sacrifice and loyalty.”
PRONIA will always cherish Margaret’s memory with pride and honor and we will do our best to continue her work of serving the community with dedication, dedication and kindness.
PRONIA wishes to express its sincere condolences to her husband Dr. Spiro Moraitis, her children and grandchildren.
May she rest in peace.