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Shining Light Award for Inspiring Alumni

The Shining Light Award began in 2019 and is bestowed upon two alumni biennially, to recognise past students or staff who have contributed significantly through their chosen field to Damascus College and our global community and who will be an inspiration to current and future students.

Nominations are now open and will close Friday 28 May, 2021 at 4pm.

If you have any questions please contact the Damascus College Alumni Office k.hegert@damascus.vic.edu.au or call 03 5337 2267

Shining Light Award Nominations

Damascus College and its foundation colleges, Sacred Heart, St Paul’s and St Martin’s in the Pines value the contributions and achievements of all its alumni. The Shining Light Award for Inspiring Alumni will be bestowed upon two alumni biennially to recognise alumni who have contributed significantly through their chosen field to Damascus College and our global community, and who will be an inspiration to current and future students.

Anyone can submit a nominee for The Shining Light Award based on the following criteria:

  1. The recipient must be a Damascus College Alumni, living or dead. Alumni at Damascus College are defined as past students and staff of Damascus College and its foundation colleges, Sacred Heart, St Paul’s and St Martin’s in the Pines.
  2. Be successful in their chosen field as demonstrated by positions held, achievements, qualifications, awards/prizes/scholarships and length of service.
  3. The work/actions of their chosen field support and uphold Social Justice and Christian Values.
  4. The alumni have made contributions or supported the College and global community in ways that are inspirational or motivational.
  5. Categories for selection are:
    1. Service to the global community
    2. Science/Technology
    3. Arts
    4. Sport
    5. Business
    6. Academia
    7. Faith Development

The Shining Light Award Recipients

The winners will be notified by July 2021 and the production of the video will commence. The recipients will be informed of the induction date.

The winners will receive:
• A 3-5 minute inspirational Biopic/Documentary video that will be made/filmed by the College
• Award trophy and certificate for display
• Name and award category listed on Honour Board displayed at Damascus College
• Gift from the College
• Formally inducted and celebrated at a Damascus College event

"We should be shining lamps giving light to all around us." Catherine McAuley

Shining Light Inductees

The inaugural inductees are Dr Cathy Vaughan and Judy Brewer, Order of Australia.

Dr Cathy Vaughan, Class of 1989 received her Bachelor of Physiotherapy from La Trobe University in 1993. Her Masters of Public Health from Monash University in 2000 and achieved her PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2011.

In addition Cathy was awarded the Research Studentship from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2005. Was the recipient of the John Monash Scholarship in 2005. She won the Overseas Research Student Award from the Higher Education Funding Council for England in 2006. Was the winner of the Vice Chancellor's Staff Engagement Excellence Award at the University of Melbourne in 2014. Cathy received the Post Doctoral Award from the Melbourne Social Equity Institute in 2015 and the Vanguard Fellowship from the University of Birmingham in 2018.

I invite you now to enjoy the above short film that shows why Dr Cathy Vaughan is an inspiration.

Judy Brewer, from the Class of 1979 receives her award for her Service to the Global Community.

Judy has been Chair of the Autism CRC since its inception in 2013. She is a nationally recognised speaker and writer on issues relating to neurodiverse families. With two adult sons, one of whom is autistic, Judy has been actively involved in many autism and carer organisations and is a life member of Autism Spectrum Australia, convenor of the Autism Future Leaders program and founder of Autism Aspergers Advocacy Australia.

In 2013, Judy was a recipient of the Asia Pacific Autism Award and, in 2016, was named Officer of the Order of Australia for her service to people with a disability. In 2017 she became Pro-Chancellor of Charles Sturt University.

Judy has held various appointments on Federal and State Government Committees, including as Chair of the National Family Carers Voice, panel member for the 2004 Review of the Disability Carer Allowance, the 2005 Ministerial Advisory Group on the reforms to Disability Trusts, the Victorian Government Autism State Plan Working Party 2007/08 and the DEEWR Advisory Committee for the Positive Partnerships program.

Judy’s motto of “Bloom where you are planted” comes to life when you look at what she has been involved with to help others in her community.

Judy has made a difference in so many areas and she has led the way for so many without a voice. “She has indeed shone the light of Christ”.

The movie showcasing Judy as a Shining Light will be produced in 2020.

Dr Cathy Vaughan
Judy Brewer AO

Alumni at Damascus College are defined as past students and staff of Damascus College and its foundation colleges, Sacred Heart, St Paul’s and St Martin’s in the Pines.

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