I was born in South Australia and my religious life has spanned 50 years, most of which has been spent in educational support of teenage girls for whom mainstream schooling was no longer working.
My Good Shepherd ministry has embraced the time of institutional care through to the current emphasis on education, advocacy, community engagement and social justice.
As a Social Worker and Teacher and Principal I spent nearly 30 years at our Good Shepherd School called St Clare's. The focus of the school was to provide a safe and supportive learning environment for girls wounded by family and social circumstances and to give them hope for the future.
I am currently engaged in pastoral outreach to former students of our school and to identify and support young women who want to re-engage in further education.
In 2007 the Good Shepherd Sisters commenced a Reconciliation Scholarship for Indigenous Women to assist them with financial support for tertiary courses that prepare them for leadership in the Indigenous community. Where it is helpful I mentor students, locating resources for them and helping them resolve problems that interfere with the progress of their studies.
Four students in Western Australia have completed courses and two have moved into employment, another is engaged in community development and two others should complete a Bachelor degree and a Masters mid 2014. These women develop greater self-confidence and become a resource in the community that continues to expand.
My inspiration has been the gospel call to reach out to the poor and marginalised so that they can be respected members of the community and make their contribution to it.
Comprehensive overview from the GSAPP team - how Good Shepherd Partnership for Mission is developing in this region
Reconciliation holds special meaning in the Australian nation - it describes the long journey towards full acknowledgment of the rights of the Indigenous Peoples
Indigenous women in Australia offered support to complete higher education. This increases their capacity for leadership, and financial empowerment