News - 25 June 2018

Vale Laura Knight

The Wilderness Society is deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of Australian social worker Laura Knight whilst she was living in Cambodia and working with NGOs Save The Children and Family Care First.

Laura’s passion for education was coupled with a strong commitment to the natural world.

Laura was a committed Wilderness Society member and board volunteer having served continuously on state and national boards since 2011.

Throughout 2013-16, Laura was deeply involved in organisational governance improvements, and was a founding member of the Wilderness Society Ltd Board. Laura’s interest in and passion for good governance and policy helped steer the organisation through these important structural changes.

Prior to being on the national Board, Laura served as Convenor of the Wilderness Society (Victoria).

Most recently, despite timezone and distance challenges, Laura directly continued her involvement in the Wilderness Society from her newfound home in Cambodia as an ordinary member of the Victorian board. Laura was an ardent supporter of the Wilderness Society’s campaign to create the Great Forest National Park and especially of the Wilderness Society’s community organising volunteer program, Movement For Life.

Laura’s good humour, attention to detail, and commitment to fairness underpinned her significant volunteer contributions. As a valued Wilderness Society member and volunteer, Laura will be very missed.

The Wilderness Society staff and volunteers, and particularly Laura’s fellow board members past and present, extend sincere condolences to Laura’s colleagues, friends and family for her sudden and tragic death. A truly generous and intelligent spirit who gave her time and skills to making the world a better place. Vale Laura.