Shark attack victim Doreen Ann Collyer ‘much loved and respected’


Doreen Collyer was diving when she was attacked and killed by a shark on Sunday.
Doreen Collyer was diving when she was attacked and killed by a shark on Sunday.

SHARK attack victim Doreen Ann Collyer (60) was “much loved and respected”, peers said this week after she died off the Mindarie coast on Sunday.

The Iluka grandmother was about 1km off the coast with her dive partner, a 43-year-old man, when the fatal attack occurred before noon on June 5.

Edith Cowan University acting Vice-Chancellor Arshad Omari informed staff of her “tragic” death on Monday.

“Doreen was the director of postgraduate studies and a lecturer with the School of Nursing and Midwifery,” Professor Omari said.

“She was a much loved and respected colleague, mentor and teacher.

“Having obtained an impressive record of senior clinical and lecturing experience in her native UK, upon migrating to Australia she made many valued contributions to ECU in the area of children and young people’s nursing.

“On behalf of the entire ECU community, I extend my sincerest condolences to her family in what is a very difficult time.”

Former student Graham Last started a fundraising page to set up a scholarship in her name.

He described her as a “special lady who has had an amazing impact on everyone she knew, especially through the School of Nursing and Midwifery”.

“I’m not here to speak for all the students and former students; I’m just a guy who Doreen took the time to teach in my undergrad course and then mentor through my postgrad course,” he said.

“I wanted her to be remembered for the amazing woman she was.

“She touched the hearts of so many people. She always showed such grace and kindness. Her professionalism was marked by her dignity and dedication.

“This fundraiser aims to raise money in order to set up a scholarship in her name to continue her legacy and passion with research within children and young people’s nursing. It is hoped that a memorial bench or plaque will be designed in her honour.

“So many others on social media, phone calls and emails have said they wanted the same, so I’ve just got the ball rolling.”

Mr Last said he would contact ECU and Doreen’s family once the target of $10,000 was reached to discuss how the fund would be allocated.

“We were initially looking at a stone bench overlooking the ocean she so loved as a quiet place of contemplation, with the blessing of the local council of course,” he said.

Donate at www.gofundme.com/287phdr8.