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    A true Aussie gem visits Rosemount

    Published on 29/05/2013

    2013 Youth Connections Miranda Tapsell for webMiranda Tapsell, star of the Australian hit movie, The Sapphires, has made an encore visit to Rosemount for National Reconciliation Week 2013.

    Miranda is an official Ambassador for National Reconciliation Week and was invited to share her story with all the crew at Rosemount.

    Read more about Miranda’s visit

    (Photo) This was an encore visit after Miranda came to Rosemount in early May to share her personal journey with young people attending Rosemount’s alternative education and re-engagement programs.

     

    Each year, staff at Rosemount select a theme to be reflected upon through various aspects of program curriculum, activity and service delivery.  The theme for 2013 is reconciliation.

    Read more about Miranda’s earlier visit

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    Rosemount shows the way with engaging research

    Published on 01/05/2013

    Students CCIn 2013, Rosemount has been leading the way in action research, engaging with a diversity of great tertiary students on placement with us.

    Chief Executive Officer Lyn Harrison says:  “This level of engagement is wonderful to see and a real breath of fresh air into our thinking process and program development.  We feel very fortunate to have linked our work to a new generation of professionals, who come from right across the spectrum of what it takes to do good in these times.”

    Read more about what students are doing at Rosemount

    Read more about other research going on at Rosemount.

     
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    Celebrating a life lived fully … opening of the Sr Clotilde Learning Centre

    Published on 09/04/2013

    Sr_Clotilde smallerAs part of celebrating 100 years of Good Shepherd Sisters working in New South Wales, Rosemount Good Shepherd recently opened the newest facility in the Marrickville Road campus – the Sr Clotilde Learning Centre.

    Speaking at the official opening, Rosemount Good Shepherd Chief Executive Officer Lyn Harrison reminded all present of how Sr Clotilde touched the hearts of so many of those with whom her life intersected.

    “We hope to emulate that wonderful, positive impact that Sr Clotilde had for so many people in the work that we will do here in our new centre, ” she said.

    Read a short biography of Sr Clotilde Bridges (1890-1961), a lady who’s life touched the hearts of many.

     
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    Reconciliation Action Plan signed

    Published on 21/03/2013

    CEO Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand signs the Reconciliation Action Plan on behalf of all Good Shepherd agencies

    On the anniversary of the Kevin Rudd apology in the Australian Parliament in 2008, Rhonda Cumberland, Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand’s CEO, on behalf of all seven Good Shepherd agencies, signed  a commitment to develop the Reconciliation Action Plan.

    The action plan, to be finalised by December 10 2013, will provide ways to act on the good intentions of working respectfully and meaningfully with Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders.

    The project is overseen by a Steering Committee of Good Shepherd CEOs and staff, while the Reconciliation Action Plan  will be developed by a working party in consultation with staff.

    The working party is co-chaired by Bob Maguire, from Good Shepherd Microfinance, and Jason Eades, Aboriginal advisor.

    So far, the working party has articulated the goals of the RAP, which are to:

    1. Demonstrate the commitment of the Good Shepherd network to reconciliation;
    2. Engage staff and stakeholders in the development of the Reconciliation Action Plan;
    3. Work from the Good Shepherd mission and vision;
    4. Increase access to, and use of, community finance services and products and other Good Shepherd services, by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities that are under-serviced; and
    5. Explore opportunities to build mutually beneficial partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander professionals, organisations and communities.

    The RAP working party will continue to provide updates on how Good Shepherd as a network is progressing towards launching its Reconciliation Action Plan – click to view the commitment.

    For more information, please contact Bob Maguire: bmaguire@gsmicrofinance.org.au

     
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    Legislation improves human rights protections in Australia

    Published on 27/02/2013

    The passage today of the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Slavery, Slavery-like Conditions and People Trafficking) Act 2012 marks a significant development in the human rights protections established under Australian law.

    In a range of changes under the new law, forced marriage will be made illegal. Forced marriage is defined under the legislation as a situation where a person does not give ‘full and free’ consent to the marriage, because of the use of coercion, threat or deception.

    “Australia has a legacy of slavery and slave-like conditions and these amendments recognise the breadth of exploitation through the new slaveries of forced labour and forced marriage” said Associate Professor Jennifer Burn, Director of Anti-Slavery Australia.

    Lyn Harrison, Chief Executive Officer of Rosemount Good Shepherd, said “We join with Anti-Slavery Australia in commending the Australian Parliament for the passage of this Bill.”

    The collaboration between Rosemount and Anti-Slavery Australia to research forced marriage in Australia continues, and updates are published regularly.

    Read updates on forced marriage in Australia

     
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    With heartfelt thanks to a century of Sisters

    Published on 15/01/2013

    GOOD SHEPHERD 100YRS SYDNEY LOGO CMYK HIRESSince the first Good Shepherd Sisters came to New South Wales in April 1913, they have worked tirelessly to address the social exclusion of women, young people and their families.

    Over the century since, the Sisters have provided ministries to meet the immediate and long term needs of the disadvantaged, including initiatives in education, residential services, counselling, in-court support and financial assistance.

    “Current Good Shepherd activities in NSW are worthy successors of the tradition established by those first Sisters so long ago,” Ms Lyn Harrison (CEO of Rosemount Good Shepherd) said.  “We owe a great deal to those audacious women who were not prepared to hear ‘It can’t be done’.”

    “Through 2013, we will will pay tribute to the founding Sisters along with the communities, organisations and individuals who are each important parts of the contemporary Good Shepherd Network not just in Sydney and New South Wales, but across Australia and around the world.”
    For more information about the work of the Good Shepherd Network, please visit: www.goodshep.com.au

    To purchase ethical products helping women trade their way out of poverty, please visit the Good Shepherd Trading Circle on-line store at: www.thetradingcircle.com.au

     
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    Study Support Centre students pay tribute to volunteers

    Published on 12/12/2012

    Study Support Centre graduands today presented flowers as a symbol of their gratitude to the volunteers who have assisted them with their studies throughout the year.   Two volunteers, Col Grant and Jenny Wang, were especially recognized as they were this week presented with the 2012 National Members of Parliament Volunteer Award by Minister for Transport and Marrickville MP, Anthony Albanese.

     
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    Getting in on the act

    Published on 30/11/2012

    When we work and when we celebrate, there is room for all at Rosemount, so the occasion of our 30th anniversary was specially marked by the performances of young people who have accessed Rosemount Services.

    From Johnny as MC to Yarrie, and Madi who performed poetry and dance to Kristi who spoke of her experiences at Rosemount, the courage and resilience of youth was truly celebrated.

    Yari , now 18, performed two of her own creative pieces, Being a Woman and Mama Africa.  She shared the encouragement she received from her Counsellor, Amanda, when she showed her first poem to her: “Since that day, Rosemount has given me confidence in life, I’m motivated to do more things in my acting, my writing, my dancing and my rapping as well.”

     
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    It’s not a party without cake!

    Published on 28/11/2012

     

    In a day of celebration and reflection, Rosemount Good Shepherd opens its doors to the community to mark 30 years of creating opportunities for young people and families.

    From the traditional “birthday cake” through an art workshop to a participatory timeline (below), the team took every opportunity to express what Rosemount has meant to the community that it serves.

     

     
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    Gathering to celebrate

    Published on 28/11/2012

    Tuesday 27 November 2012: the community came out in force to celebrate 30 years of service to the community by Rosemount Good Shepherd.

    Members of the Rosemount team going back to the earliest days joined with young people, community representatives, local politicians and police personnel to look back over 30 years of creating opportunities for young people and families.

    CEO Lyn Harrison, took the opportunity to pay tribute to the staff of Rosemount: “Mary Euphrasia, our  founding saint, said these beautiful words: ‘Gratitude is the memory of the heart.’ I can honestly say, that in my very long career, I have never had the pleasure of working with such a dedicated group of staff.  They certainly do believe in the goodness and the greatness of each of the young people and the clients they work with,”

    Local MP The Hon. Carmel Tebbutt also shared her admiration and respect for the work achieved at Rosemount, hoping for another 30 years and more of service to the community.

    A variety of activities took place in an “open day” style, including the opportunity to create art works reflecting interaction with Rosemount.  From the traditional “birthday cake” through to an art workshop and a participatory timeline, the team took every opportunity to express what Rosemount has meant to the community that it serves.

    A variety of activities took place in an “open day” style, including the opportunity to create art works reflecting interaction with Rosemount.

     
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