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VMCH Board Chairman Julien O’Connell AM says he is thrilled to have been added to the Order of Australia honours, and has dedicated it to the people he works alongside. He was awarded an Officer of the Order (AO) for “distinguished service to community health in the aged care sector through executive roles, and to higher education” on Monday, June 9. It compliments his Order of Australia (AM) in 2013. Congratulations to Julien from everyone in the Catholic Social Services Victoria community. 

MacKillop Family Services' annual #Paws4Kids campaign aims to raise funds to help kids who've been through childhood trauma to feel safe and to learn again by using therapy dogs. Any donations made on Wednesday 22 April will be tripled until MacKillop reaches its goal of $300,000 so donors will have 3x the impact making a donation to the campaign.

A new podcast series from St Vincent’s Health Australia is telling the compelling stories of caregivers on the COVID-19 frontline. It’s being driven by Catholic ethicist Dan Fleming, working from a spare room at home, connecting with staff that work at St Vincent’s hospitals and aged care facilities across Australia.

"We have now completed our first week in lockdown and I thank you all for the positive support and feedback we have received over the week. It means a lot to our team to have such great support." CEO of Assisi Aged Care, Paul Cohen, provides a message to the wider community. 

Tuesday 10th March 2020 was a history-making moment in the life of Highways and Byways: A Community of Service and the Missionary Sisters of Service (MSS). They launched their first ever longer-term program of community support, ‘Seeds of Connection, a partnership with Megan Brown of Chandra Yoga and Wellbeing in Roma, Queensland and supported by Jen Coggan of Injune. More than 50 community members gathered at the launch to hear more of the program and to witness the commissioning of Megan and Jen as partners with Highways and Byways by Emeritus Bishop Bill Morris.

JoCare is hosting a Social Isolation and Loneliness forum on Tuesday 31st March, from 9:30am - 12:30pm at St Joseph's Parish Hall, 47 Stanhope Street, Malvern. The forum speakers include Dr Lidia Engel, Health Economist, and Mr Geoff Sharp, Director of Volunteering Victoria. This forum aims to bring together local community groups to begin to work together on small community initiatives to decrease social isolation and loneliness in the local community.

The John Pierce Centre is holding its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 15th April 2020, from 4:30pm-6:00pm, at its location 25-35 High Street, Prahran. All are welcome to attend to learn about the valuable work undertaken by the Centre in 2019 and the financial position of the organisation. Tea and coffee commences at 4:00pm followed by the meeting. RSVP to admin@jpc.org.au
CatholicCare Sandhurst Family and Relationships Services is facilitating the Dads Tuning into Kids program, in Bendigo over seven weekly sessions, commencing Monday 4th May 2020. This program is for dads of 0-10-year olds who would like to learn how to help their child/children manage feelings such as worry, frustration and anger. There is no cost. For bookings and enquiries, contact Jo on (03) 5438 1300  
International Women’s Day was marked on Sunday 8th March. Many of our member organisations marked the day with celebrations acknowledging the amazing role of women in their personal lives and in their professional work. The theme for this year’s IWD was Each for Equal, promoting the role each of us have to play in supporting gender equality in society. 
Join Aboriginal Catholic Ministry Victoria for a Celebration of Aboriginal Culture: Welcome to Country, didgeridoo player and Aboriginal dance group Djirri Djirri at St Francis Church on 326 Lonsdale St Melbourne on 12 July 2020, at 11am.
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