2022 DonateLife Week Launch

The Great Registration Race for DonateLife Week is now on!

The Merici College community would like to thank Canberra Health Services for the privilege of hosting the official launch of DonateLife Week. We would like to thank all our guests for attending. Special thanks to our guest speakers:

Rachel Stephen-Smith, Minister for Health

Dr Sean Chan, State Medical Director, DonateLife ACT

Lucinda Barry, CEO, Organ and Tissue Authority

Julie Voutos, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Renal Outpatients, Canberra Health Services

Joshua Lindenthaler, Heart Transplant Recipient


Renee Taylor, Deputy Principal Teaching and Learning at Merici

A special welcome was also extended to our guests:

Dave Peffer, CEO Canberra Health Services

Cathie O'Neill, COO Canberra Health Services

Nadia Burkolter, Agency Manager DonateLife ACT

Ann Cleary and school leaders from St Clare’s College

Alyce Sratigos and school leaders from Daramalan College

Catherine Scott, GiftofLife Inc.

Craig Wagstaff, Josh and Ned from Canberra FM, our Radio friends who suppprt us magnficiently each year when we walk for the Gift Of Life at the College.

Freya Spring

Amy Stubbs

Leah Thewlis,


Lana Dexter


Merici College is a 7-12 Catholic School for girls that is fully accredited as an IB World School offering the MYP, DP, Australian National Curriculum and BSSS certifications. ​​More significantly, we aim to ensure that love is at the centre of all that we do as we facilitate the growth of heads, hearts and hands. We seek to find the heartbeat of Jesus in ourselves and others. By aligning our College with DonateLife, we are living our values of Fidelitas (Faith), Communitas (Community), Integritas (Integrity) and Spes (Hope).

A very wise person called Anonymous once said:

Sympathy sees and says, “I’m sorry.”

Compassion sees and says, “I’ll help.”

When we learn the difference,

We can make a difference.

I know that all of us here understand that difference, and most definitely are seeking to make a difference in the lives of so many.

Thank you for joining us at Merici College for this significant event.

Don't forget the Great Registration Race for DonateLife Week is now on! Don’t delay, join the race and register as an organ and tissue donor today at www.donatelife.gov.au/donatelifeweek. #donatelifetoday #donatelifeaustralia #mericiservice


Anna Masters


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