The May RACV Old Paradians' Luncheon provided the venue for the latest Old Paradians' Association Women of Distinction Award presentations. A large number of attendees were in the room to see Marlene Bloom and Cate Livingston receive their Awards. Leo Collins (1970) did an excellent job as Master of Ceremonies.
Marlene Bloom was joined by her husband Graeme and family members. Marlene has been a long-time servant of the College spanning a 28-year period. Her three boys attended the College with Gary commencing in 1977 and graduating in 1982, Jeffrey graduated in 1987 and Travis in 1996. Marlene was a mainstay of the Ladies Auxiliary for many years as member, Treasurer and was awarded Life Membership for her service. She is a woman of generous spirit and was regularly at staff functions in service roles. A person that loves a good chat and regularly engaged with staff including College Principals Brothers Wright, Collins, Bond and Moore. Marlene co-ordinated the Second Hand Book Sale well after Travis finished and concluded this role in 1996. The money raised went towards improving College programs including Music and the Homework Club. Marlene said that she always worked “to the best of my ability” That was certainly true. Congratulations Marlene.
Former Assistant Principal Regina Rowan was able to present Cate Livingston her Award. She spoke of Cate as a friend and an outstanding educator. Cate is a person of great faith and has a strong commitment to engaging relevant catholic education for young people. Regina spoke of Cate’s passion for education and her formidable work ethic. Cate is a highly regarded teacher of Religious Education, Maths, Physics and Science. She was Vice Principal at Parade for 7 years before taking a Principal role at St Joseph’s in Ferntree Gully. Her energy and vision are transforming her School. Cate has always been active in staff development, professional standards, school improvement and community partnerships. She passionately spoke of her love of Parade and the contribution it made to her development. Congratulations Cate, a most worthy recipient of the Women of Distinction Award.