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MercyCare volunteer's service rewarded with Medal of the Order of Australia

Attadale resident Maureen Colgan’s many years of service to MercyCare and other local organisations was recently acknowledged when she was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in recognition of her contribution to the community.

Over the past sixteen years Mrs Colgan has served on the Mercy Community Services Board, the Mercy Hospital Ethics Committee and is currently a Director on the MercyCare Board.

Mrs Colgan will be awarded her Medal of the Order of Australia, which recognises outstanding achievement and service, at a reception with the Governor of Western Australia, Mr  Malcolm McCusker, on April 4.

Mrs Colgan spoke of the support she has always had in her work, with many others walking the journey with her.

“I’ve done very little on my own, every project has been supported by others and I’ve made some wonderful friends over the years,” she said.

“It’s a privilege to be on the Board of MercyCare and it has provided me, and others, the opportunity to see how an organisation with such a Mission works. The overarching commitment to continuing the vision of the Sisters of Mercy and the compassion that is shown in every facet of MercyCare’s services is profound.”

Mrs Colgan was educated by the Sisters of Mercy, the founders of MercyCare, from primary school at East Victoria Park through to high school at Our Lady’s College in Victoria Square, now Mercedes College.

It was in 1997 that her volunteer work with the organisation began in earnest when she organised and accompanied 40 former child migrants who had been residents at St Joseph’s Orphanage in Wembley on a “Sentimental Journey” back to the United Kingdom to visit the orphanages in which they had lived prior to being sent to Australia.

Mrs Colgan was also a Governor of the University of Notre Dame for many years, a member of the University’s Ethics Committee and currently Chairs the Building Committee responsible for the restoration of the Catholic Presbytery in Fremantle, a heritage building of the Oblate Community.

MercyCare Chief Executive Officer Chris Hall congratulated Mrs Colgan on being awarded her Order of Australia medal.

“Over the years Maureen has devoted herself to the service of others through her work with MercyCare, so she is enormously deserving of this accolade in recognition of this,” he said.