Our Lady of Mercy College | Catholic Independent Girls School Parramatta

2018 Women in Leadership Forum

On Wednesday August 29, the College held its second annual Women in Leadership Forum in the Ailsa Mackinnon Community Centre. Students, families, staff, ex students and Sisters of Mercy came along to enjoy this inspirational evening which featured a panel discussion and Q&A.

Audiences had the chance to listen to four inspirational, articulate women sharing their stories in ways that were engaging, filled with humour and underpinned with great honesty.

Principal (Acting) Marie Wood said OLMC was privileged to have such a diverse group of women at the Forum: " We had a CEO, a Judge, an AFL Captain and a Restaurateur!"

The Forum Speakers for 2018 were:
- Marina Go, Chairwoman of Wests Tigers
- Justice Julia Lonergan, Amanda Farrugia
- OLMC PDHPE teacher and Captain of the GWS Women’s AFL Team
- Carol Salloum, owner of Almond Bar.

Stories emerged of careers that shifted as opportunities emerged, mentors advised redirection and risks were taken. The common theme was having self-belief and being prepared to “have a go”.

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"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.


"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.


"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.


"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.


"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.


"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.


"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.


"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.