Marlis Cohen OAM has been a member of WIZO for just over 60 years. Born in Berlin, she arrived in Australia with her parents when she was eight years old. After graduating from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Science, she soon married and joined WIZO Nathanya as one of its Foundation Members. She went on to become President of WIZO Nathanya and join both State and Federal WIZO Executives. On the State Executive she served as Treasurer for many years, and was the President of WIZO Victoria from 1980 to 1988.
Marlis’ mother, Dr. Alice Benfey, was Federal President from 1960 to 1964, and Marlis was proud to carry on her mother’s legacy. She attended a number of World WIZO conferences in Israel, and is the recipient of a Life Governorship of Ahuzat Yeladim, a Rebecca Sieff Award, an Honorary Life Membership of the WIZO Federation of Australia, and most recently, the Order of Australia Medal.