Our Lady of Mercy College | Catholic Independent Girls School Parramatta

2016 Graduate Awarded Young Citizen of the Year

On Australia Day 2017 17-year-old Gabriella Wehbe was named Young Parramatta Citizen of the Year from more than 50 nominees.

 Gabriella completed her HSC at the College while undergoing treatment for a rare cancer: metastic alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma.

“It was a hard time doing the HSC and going through cancer, so I really looked at my school work and volunteer opportunities as a chance to take my mind off my sickness,” Gabriella said.

“This award has inspired me to do more volunteer work, because I see all the people that were nominated and I think that they are really contributing and doing great things for the community.”

While in her final years of high school Gabriella also helped raise $200,000 for the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse Foundation, a cancer treatment centre in Sydney. Gabriella also received the Arthur Phillip Society award.

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Mercy

"Mercy …not only bestows benefits, but receives and pardons again and again…"

Catherine McAuley

Mercy is defined as empathy or love that manifests itself in action that is practical and thoughtful, warm and open, respectful and enabling.

Compassion

"Let charity then be our badge of honour…so that it may truly be said, there is in us but one heart and one soul in God."

Catherine McAuley

Compassion is a non-judgmental understanding of another’s need, which results in unselfish giving to meet that need.

Justice

"Never speak with contempt of any nation, profession, or class of people…"

Catherine McAuley

Justice is the treatment of each person with fairness in relation to the equality of all, and the maintenance of a balanced and fair relationship with self and all members of the community.

Dignity

"Now and again bestow some praise."

Catherine McAuley

Dignity is the treatment of each person with respect and the recognition of their inherent value and worth.

Excellence

"There is nothing of greater importance than the perfect discharge of our ordinary duties."

Catherine McAuley

Excellence is the state of achievement of the highest possible standards.

Hospitality

"The proof of love is deed."

Catherine McAuley

Hospitality is the creation of a welcoming, open, inclusive and respectful environment for all individuals, through word and deed.

Stewardship

"We can never say 'It is enough'."

Catherine McAuley

Stewardship is the grateful and responsible celebration of the sacred gifts God has given us to do the work he is calling us to do.

Service

"If we are humble and sincere God will finish in us the work he has begun."

Catherine McAuley

Service is the exercising and ministry of leadership in order to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals and communities.