A lifetime of modelling Partnership for Mission

Gendrie has worked as volunteer and staff member in Good Shepherd empowerment programmes for women and girls for over 40 years.   Her current role is Mission Leader, Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand.  Since 2007 Gendrie has been a member of the Good Shepherd Asia Pacific Partnership Team.

 

National recognition

On Australia Day 26th January 2016 Gendrie received an Order of Australia for her "significant service to the community through social welfare organisations, particularly to the disadvantaged and women and girls”.

 

Below is the formal acknowledgment of this honour from Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand.

 

Community effort recognised nationally in Australia

We are incredibly proud and delighted that one of our staff members received an Order of Australia award on Australia Day: 26 January, 2016.

Gendrie Klein-Breteler, Mission Engagement Coordinator, Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand, was appointed a Member in the General Division for her “significant service to the community through social welfare organisations, particularly to the disadvantaged and women and girls”.

Gendrie said the honour has only been possible because she is part of Good Shepherd. “This award is for all my colleagues and volunteers at Good Shepherd – and the courageous and inspirational women we work with. I’m proud to be part of a network of such dedicated, compassionate and responsive people,” she said.

“This award is a recognition of the collective effort within the whole organisation and the communities we work in.”

Gendrie has been with Good Shepherd since 1972. She worked as a volunteer for three years before taking up a leadership position to provide residential care for teenage girls in Melbourne, Australia. Over the decades she has provided counselling and integrated support to young women, implemented a women’s prison program and set up “Outlandish”, an environmental program designed to open up volunteering and employment opportunities for women. Of particular note was her outreach support for women who had been in prison or who were involved in street-based sex work.

“Good Shepherd’s services and programs are constantly evolving to respond to changing needs in the community,” Gendrie said. “We support individuals and families, with a focus on women and girls, to build their safety and resilience, increase their access to education opportunities and improve their financial security." 

Gendrie remains as passionate as ever about working with others to create opportunities for women and girls through her mission work. This includes developing and delivering mission programs for staff, volunteers and Board members.

Congratulations Gendrie, this honour is very well deserved.

Projects

Celebrating Good Shepherd Day in New Zealand

Celebrating Good Shepherd Day in New Zealand

Each year on 31 July, sisters and mission partners in Aotearoa New Zealand gather to celebrate the anniversary of the arrival of the first sisters to Christchurch, in 1886

GSAP Integration Committee meets

GSAP Integration Committee meets

The GSAP Integration Committee describes its meeting in Kuala Lumpur from 12-16 July in ways which are inspirational and practical, and they invite us all to seize the moment. Carpe Diem!

GS Asia Pacific Integration Committee meets

GS Asia Pacific Integration Committee meets

The GSAPIC met in Singapore from 15-17 March 2019. This brief description gives a flavour of their work, and more information will be available after their plans are considered by the APC in April

'Good Conversations' focus on Forced Marriage

'Good Conversations' focus on Forced Marriage

Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand convenes 'Good Conversations' each year. This forum explored the link between forced marriage, slavery and family violence

Formation & Partnership Core Teams meet in Singapore

Formation & Partnership Core Teams meet in Singapore

Representatives of these Asia Pacific Core Teams met on 7-8 July 2016 to develop a Co-Responsibility framework for Good Shepherd Mission

Session for Formation and Partnership

Session for Formation and Partnership

Historic first Formation and Partnership Session in Asia Pacific creates a distinct shift in the understanding of Partnership for Mission

Report from the Asia Pacific Partnership Team

Report from the Asia Pacific Partnership Team

Comprehensive overview from the GSAPP team - how Good Shepherd Partnership for Mission is developing in this region

Reconciliation in Australia

Reconciliation in Australia

Reconciliation holds special meaning in the Australian nation - it describes the long journey towards full acknowledgment of the rights of the Indigenous Peoples

Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand

Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand

Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand provides services and governance for Good Shepherd ministries, enabling sustainability and ongoing development into the future

Scholarship Programme for Indigenous Women

Scholarship Programme for Indigenous Women

Indigenous women in Australia offered support to complete higher education. This increases their capacity for leadership, and financial empowerment