On my arrival to the Northern Territory in 2015, having visited here over the previous 7 years I was welcomed by the St Vincent de Paul Society and put to work at Emergency Relief. It was through this early experience I began to understand the way the Territory works and the unique character of its people.

Before coming here I had lived in NSW working in education in Newcastle, Wollongong and Sydney. I was fortunate to lead Catholic schools as Principal and experienced the effect on young people and the broader community of compassion and charity for everyone.

My experience with the Society was at St Canice’s Parish in Kings Cross. I joined the conference and visited people in high rise apartments and helped at Gorman House which is a place at St Vincent’s Hospital supporting drug dependent people who are making changes in their lives.

I have loved my time in Darwin and working with Vinnies. I am humbled by the trust and support I receive in the role of President. We are small in number in the Territory but large in heart and spirit.