Meet the team: new faces on the board and staff of Mercy Works
New faces on the Board and staff
Sr Berice Livermore RSM
Berice was elected to the Mercy Works Board in November 2007 and took on the role of Chair in November 2011. A member of the former Sisters of Mercy, Singleton, Berice is now Community Leader of the Southern Region of South Australia and Western Australia of the new Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea.
Berice holds a Bachelor of Health Administration and has extensive experience administering non-profit organisations.
‘With the establishment of the new way of governing Mercy Works there is plenty of room for all the Mercy Sisters and our friends across Australia to work together to put our efforts into this most valuable ministry.’
Kathleen joined the Mercy Works Board in December 2011. She is a lawyer and mediator. For the last 6 years, she has lectured in Dispute Resolution in the Law School of the University of Melbourne. She is also on the Board of Star of the Sea College, Brighton.
‘I perceive Mercy Works as a practical and effective response to one of life’s frustrating realities: the ongoing existence of bloated excess, alongside dire need. To reach out to those born on the other side of the privilege divide, is to walk in the humble but determined shoes of Catherine McAuley.’
Chris brings an impressive background in working with Government and private sector organisations both in Australia and overseas. He’s well versed in working at Board level with range of complex organisations including Mercy Super, the Mater Hospitals Brisbane and Queensland University of Technology.
‘I look forward to being able to leverage my skills and experience generally and within the Mercy world to help Mercy Works deliver its mission and to growing in my understanding of what it means to be Mercy.’
Ailsa comes to Mercy Works with a commitment to the kind of development activity that encourages local communities to be self-supporting and able to determine their own futures. She has an interest in social justice issues and has had experience in accompanying young people in involvements with Indigenous people in both rural and urban contexts, and with asylum seekers and resettling refugees. She has been Principal of Our Lady of Mercy College Parramatta and Congregation Leader of the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta.
‘I hope that many more people will hear of the great works which Mercy Works does and will offer support in whatever way they can. I hope, as a result, that our programs will expand.’
Kylie joined the admin team last year as the Executive Assistant. She originally planned to help out for a couple of weeks but ending up staying permanently. She’s quickly proved to be an invaluable member of the team. In addition to working with Ailsa, our Executive Director, she looks after board members, co-ordinates volunteers and manages all the donations that come in.
‘We had an amazing response to the Gifts of Mercy, the requests for cards certainly kept me busy but it was great that so many people wanted to help Mercy Works’.