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Diocese of Toowoomba Catholic Schools

Events and awards


Recognition of the outstanding contributions people make to Catholic Education are a part of our culture.  The following awards programs are some of the ways we recognise our people.

Spirit of Catholic Education Awards

These awards aim to recognise outstanding contributions by individuals within the Catholic education community and are presented annually as part of Catholic Education Week (CEW) celebrations.

Nominations are also invited for the Aunty Joan Hendriks Spirit of Catholic Education Reconciliation Award. This award, initiated in 2012, recognises an outstanding contribution to Reconciliation by a member of a Queensland Catholic education community. Indigenous and non-Indigenous members of Catholic education communities are encouraged to nominate for this award.

The awards are proudly supported by the QT Mutual Bank (QTMB), the Australian Catholic Superannuation and Retirement Fund (ACSRF) and the Australian Catholic University (ACU), the sponsors of Catholic Education Week.

Nominations for these awards are closed for 2018. For more information head to http://www.catholiceducationweek.com.au/awards


Sr Jo Carmichael Memorial Award

In 2011 the inaugural Sr Jo Carmichael Memorial Award was presented, to honour of our friend, who acted justly, loved tenderly and walked humbly with our God.

Sr Jo Carmichael's life was characterised by her willingness to help everyone she came into contact with; nothing was ever too hard or too much for her to do.

Her warm smile and sympathetic shoulder were balanced by the clear and high expectations she set for herself and all those that worked with her.  As a result, many of those that she had met on life's pathways stayed in touch and became life-long friends.

Many remember her phrases...have a gentle evening...or...be gentle with yourself today...always the last words gifted as she left your company.

Nominees for the Sr Jo Carmichael Memorial Award come from amongst Catholic Education staff who demonstrate this same spirit of community, service and love.

The recipient of the Sr Jo Carmichael Memorial Award will be recognised at a celebratory event during Catholic Education Week and receive a framed certificate and a cheque for $500 to continue the work for which they are acknowledged.

Long Service Awards

During Catholic Education Week members of the Catholic education community who have given 20,  25, 30, 35, 40 and 45 years or longer service to Catholic Education are recognised. This service includes their contribution in the Diocese of Toowoomba and in any other Catholic Diocese.