The AEU and early childhood sector councillors would like to acknowledge the passing of our comrade, colleague and friend, Rebecca Simpson. Rebecca’s activism and advocacy was an inspiration to many. Those who knew Bek were in awe of her commitment to unionism and social justice, and her passion for all things early childhood education.
Rebecca’s outstanding efforts as an AEU member and councillor were recognised last year with the establishment of the Rebecca Simpson Early Childhood Activist of the Year Award, of which she was the inaugural winner.
The impact that you had on those around you and the legacy that you have left behind is outstanding – such a warrior woman.
We pass on our condolences to Bek’s family and friends, especially her children Alby and Lydia, who were always at Bek’s side when she met with politicians or spoke to the media. Bek’s children were embraced by AEU EC councillors and members from day dot and will always be a part of our EC union community.
The passing of Bek is a significant loss for all who knew her. Bek will be sorely missed – on behalf of the AEU, it has been an absolute honour and privilege to have known you, comrade. The impact that you had on those around you and the legacy that you have left behind is outstanding – such a warrior woman.
The union movement has lost a stalwart comrade. Rest in power, Rebecca.