President’s Report – September 2021

President’s Report – September 2021

Welcome to the September edition of the OGA Blog.

It’s that time of the year where the weeks start to fly by even faster than they already have been. I hope you’ve all received your Catherine magazines, either digitally or via post. I’m sure you’ll agree that the new design is incredibly polished, and a really impressive showcase of our fellow alumni.

Earlier this month, I was delighted to present the OGA’s Project of Mercy grant. This award was designed to enable a past student to undertake a planned project of their choosing, with the primary focus of helping others, less fortunate, within the WA community.

We were thrilled to receive a number of outstanding applications. In fact, they were of such a high calibre, that we decided to also award a second finalist.

Ashleigh Small (2012) received $2,000 for her not-for-profit group, Hello Initiative. She will use the money to establish a Youth Justice Innovation Advisory Council to further her work helping young people caught up in WA’s criminal justice system.

Our winning applicant, who received $5,000, was Catherine Kolmyjec (1986). Over the past year, Catherine has been working with a group of creative young people with disabilities to form their own film crew. The grant will allow ‘The Periscope Crew’ to create one full broadcast quality episode of a web series breaking down barriers to the wider community.

I would like to extend my gratitude to the College for their support with this grant. We are so excited to see both of these projects become a reality.

Gemma Varone (2009)

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