As Mercy women, we share a common bond that has shaped us all in a multitude of ways.
2019 was a very special year for Villa Maria College, as it marked 100 years since the first pupils walked through the school gates. After our Centennial year, we continue to celebrate of all Villa’s Mercy women.
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The Past Pupils’ Association is proud to launch its Mercy Grant. The Grant is worth $2,000 and will be awarded to one past Villa girl each year who is undertaking extraordinary work or study that aligns with Villa’s Mercy values.
The PPA received a number of impressive applications for the Grant, and it’s wonderful to see so many of our past pupils undertaking life-changing work in the community – both in NZ and overseas.
We are delighted to introduce you to our 2019 Past Pupils’ Association Mercy Grant recipient – Lyn Brown. Lyn was selected from a pool of impressive Grant applicants and has happily accepted the $2,000 donation towards her extraordinary work.
After 20 years as a registered nurse working in the operating theatres at Wellington Hospital, Lyn was offered the opportunity to share professional resources in war torn Timor-Leste, a country traumatized and impoverished by a 25 year occupation.
“As soon as Timor-Leste was declared an independent nation on 20 May 2001, the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) established a programme of assistance aimed at improving population health by the delivery of tertiary health services. Medical teams began visiting on rotation to perform otherwise unavailable surgical procedures and to mentor the local medical personnel. I was invited by paediatric surgeon Brendon Bowkett and anaesthetist Mark Featherston to form a New Zealand team, and in August that year we travelled to Dili for the first of many trips over the next 15 years,” explains Lyn.
In 2004 Lyn became the RACS Perioperative Nurse Advisor to the Hospital Nacional Guido Valadares (HNGV) and provided Specialty Practice Education Courses for theatre nurses there. In 2010, supported by RACS and the Wellington North Rotary Club, she began a five-year project to make surgery safer at HNGV by improving the processes and practices of the Central Sterilising Department (CSD) within the operating theatre suite.
The Grant funding will support and sustain this initiative. It will enable a Timorese nurse, who is currently on work placement in a Wellington hospital, to take educational tools, knowledge and experience back to Dili and to mentor staff and supervise sterilization processes there with confidence. The expected outcome is safe care for every patient having a surgical procedure at the national hospital.
The Past Pupils’ Association is pleased to help Lyn and the Timorese nurses and wishes them all the best for the future.
Please send any questions and/or applications to: Sonya: firstname.lastname@example.org
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President – Kirsten Win
Treasurer – Jacqui Restieaux
Secretary – Sonya Fitzgerald
Address for Correspondence
Past Pupils’ Association
Villa Maria College
21 Peer Street