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Mercy Sister receives Australia Day award

Our sincere congratulations go to Sr Anne Gallagher rsm for her award announced yesterday in the Australia Day Honours List. Anne received the Order of Australia Medal (OAM)for services to music and the Catholic Church’.

Anne, a member of the ISMAPNG Central B community, has taught music for the past 40 years in Grafton NSW and Maclean NSW. To say that Anne lives and breathes music and is committed to making it fun for young and old alike would be an understatement. She has a unique ability to bring music into the lives of people around her in such a way that their very lives are affected and they grow as people and within community.

Anne’s commitment to her music ministry and to the people of her communities can be seen in the citation for the Award which reads:

– Principal and Teacher, Convent of Mercy, Maclean Music Academy, since 1984.
– Music Teacher, St Joseph’s Primary School, Maclean and St James’ Primary School, Yamba, ‘for many years’.
– Music Teacher, St Cecilia’s Academy, Grafton, 1973 – 1983.
– Music Teacher, Maclean High School, 1969 – 1970.

– Cultural Officer, Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea, since 2013;
– Member, Sisters of Mercy of the Grafton Congregation, since 1971.
– Organist, St Mary’s Catholic Church Maclean, ‘many years’.

– Music Director and Conductor, Lower Clarence Community Choir, ‘many years’.
– Music Director and Conductor, Maclean Music Ensemble, ‘many years’.
– Member, Organising Committee, Maclean Eisteddfod, since 2012.

– Helen Keller Fellowship, Lions District 20n1, 2013.
– Tony Sheehy Pride in Workmanship Award, Rotary Club of Maclean, 2012.
– Cultural Citizen of the Year, Clarence Valley Council, 2008.
– Centenary Medal, 2001

Congratulations from the whole Institute Anne, may you continue to make music
wherever you go.

Messages to: Anne Gallagher rsm OAM