Carmel Day Mercy Awards 2023

At our Carmel Day Mass each year, we take the opportunity to acknowledge members of the Carmel community who have contributed to building on the tradition of our lived Core Mercy values that are based on Gospel teachings.  The award winners this year are as follows:

Community Award – Peter Beckett 

Peter has given many years of service to the governance of Carmel. Belonging on both the school Board and Proprietors Board, CCAL, which sees him chairing and sitting on multiple sub committees within this governance realm, he arguably does twice as much as others. Peter generously shares his financial wisdom and his focus on Special Character. We give you our heartfelt thanks for your service to governance, for your dedication and the perspective that you bring to ensure our students are at the centre of governance decisions.

Community Award – Leanne Chinnery 

Leanne is a parent who has given generously of her time over many years; always willing to get in and do whatever needs to be done. She was a key member of the ArtFusion team, a camp mother and, if a gift basket was needed, Leanne always added many of her own wonderful products to contribute. She continues to give of her time on the PTFA to coordinate and bring events to life that not only support our community, but enrich it by creating an inclusive sense of belonging through the connections established, for students and families alike. Thank you, Leanne, for giving so much to the college.

Staff Award – Deborah Goudie

Deb is the calm Mercy centre of Carmel. Parents and students know this from the day they begin their learning journey with enrolment. Hers is the reassuring voice on the phone, answering all the queries and questions about how the preference system works, how to complete the enrolment form and when they will be accepted. Deb is the wise counsel to our community, parents and staff alike, especially when it comes to navigating the labyrinth of documentation in school systems, and is the one who has a clear and creative understanding of contracts. Hers is the calming voice to the distressed or agitated who appear at her door. We cannot thank you enough for all you have given to Carmel.

Staff Award – Lorna Bryce

Lorna is the face and voice of Mercy. She reaches out with reassurance, to help those families who need additional financial support. Our parents trust her in their time of need and she is always able to negotiate a mana enhancing pathway when circumstances are difficult. She always responds quickly, with empathy and Mercy. We thank you for your care and professionalism in the support you provide for our community.