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Mercy Connect Honours The Service Of Three Sisters

Stephen Rhynehart rsm and Scholastica Page rsm are congratulated by Mercy Connect board members, Maureen Gleeson rsm and Helen Monkivitch rsm for their contribution to the organisation.


Mercy Connect held its first ever Open Day at their headquarters in Thurgoona, NSW. A key feature of the event was honouring the services of three Sisters for the wonderful contribution they have made to the organisation.


The event showcased the variety of activities that the participants of Mercy Connect are involved in, including the Branching Out crew and Ecco Crew, a choir and drums performance, Recycled wearable art competition and Rounder’s team challenge. There were even art and craft market stalls with products made by the participants – with some really great gift ideas right before Christmas!


Mercy Connects participants and staff (L to R) Erina, Coral, Marianne, Wayne, Mark and Anthony perform a drumming demonstration to guests.



The Bottlebrush Café, onsite, which is run by staff and participants, was open for the event and provided coffee, cake and sandwiches to all of the guests.


It was the first time all of the Board of Directors were present for a recent event during the day which shows how excited everyone was to attend the inaugural event.


The Open Day was host to an Open General Meeting which provided the opportunity for participants, families and members of the community to attend. The Chair, Michael O’Callaghan, presented three very important awards recognising the work of Janice Dunne rsm, Scholastica Page rsm and Stephen Rhynehart rsm to the work at Mercy Connect. These ladies have contributed in excess of 15, 25 and 30 years respectively to Mercy Connects work. This is an outstanding contribution and the Sisters, through their everyday efforts continue to ensure that the spirit of the Sisters of Mercy remains within the organisation.


Chief Executive Officer, Damian Lacey took the time to thank everyone for the extra effort made to celebrate the good work Mercy Connect do. “I must admit to being a little nervous about holding an open meeting for the first time here in Albury but it was a great success”. The feedback from staff, participants, families, the board and guests have been overwhelming, just showing how successful the inaugural Open Day was. Damian promises that next year’s Open Day will be even better than the first.


Message: Jasmine Cappellari, Mercy Connect