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Monday, 16 November 2015 20:22

Sisters recognised for their work for refugees, Kiribati and Tiwi people

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Sr Anne Gardiner and TiwiAmong religious women and men who are recognised for their service to the disadvantaged, the work of the following sisters were recently highlighted:

Sr Nora Hanrahan olsh was presented with a national Kiribati award, by President Anote Tong, for her work in advancing the lives of the Kiribati people during her long years in education there. She was presented with the award at the OLSH convent in Kensington NSW by President Tong on 24 October 2015. He noted particularly her role in setting up 6th Form school with few resources in Teaoraereke, Tarawa.

Read more from the news article on Sr Nora Hanrahan's award from the website of the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart.

Sister Annette Shears pbvm was nominated by the Multicultural Development Association as a finalist in the Queensland Multicultural Awards, in the category: Outstanding Volunteer, reports Justice Jottings.

Thirty years ago Annette Shears pbvm (Queensland) began working in the Ministry to Migrants and Refugees. This year she was nominated by MDA, (Multicultural Development Association), as a finalist in the Queensland Multicultural Awards, in the category: Outstanding Volunteer.

Read more in the Spring 2015 edition of Justice Jottings, the newsletter of the Australian Society of Presentation Sisters.

The tireless dedication of Sister Anne Gardiner olsh for the preservation of the Tiwi culture has met with success when she facilitated and secured additional funding for the Patakijyali Muesum in Wurrumiyanga, Tiwi Islands.

Sister Anne has been working with the local Tiwi people, especially the women to ensure their culture and language is documented and preserved for future generations. The interactive space she has created in the Museum where children from local schools come to learn about their culture is visionary.

Sr Anne has facilitated $126,000 from the Commonwealth Government Aboriginal Benefits Account to extend the Patakijyali Muesum and secured an additional $70,000 from the Northern Territory Government to fit out a number of new exhibitions and an additional $11,500 for new air conditioners for the existing museum.

Read more about the work of Sr Anne Gardiner olsh from the website of the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart.

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(Featured photo is of Sr Anne Gardiner with Tiwi women from the website of the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart.)