Kilbreda College a Kildare Education Ministries School in the Brigidine Tradition

Past Pupils of Distinction

In August 2016, 'Kilbreda College Past Pupils of Distinction' was launched at the College. Through this program we aim to recognise past pupils who have achieved outstanding success and excellence in their field/s of endeavour, have made/are making a positive difference in the lives of others and embody the Kilbreda motto of Strength and Kindliness. Over the past twelve months we developed the concept and called for nominations. The committee members wish to thank those who proposed nominees for induction and to also congratulate all nominees on their nomination for induction. The Nominations we received were of significant calibre, breadth and number that in this, the Inaugural Induction to Past Pupils of Distinction, we are inducting four past pupils (rather than the previously stated two). The selection panel undertook an extremely difficult task and along with the Kilbreda College Community would like to congratulate the following inductees:

Carol Gaston AM

Carol Gaston (née Wilckens) started her professional life as a nurse and has worked in the Victorian, Western Australian and South Australian health systems, in a remote Aboriginal community and as a volunteer in Nigeria, Bangladesh and Sabah. She has also acted as an advisor to public, private and not-for-profit human services industries in South Australia and the Northern Territory. In addition, Carol has worked for the World Health Organisation in the Asian, Pacific and African regions establishing health workforce plans for countries such as Vanuatu, the Philippines, Laos and Zambia.

Carol was the chief nurse in the South Australian health system and led the drive to transfer hospital training to the higher education sector. She was also the first female and nurse to chair the Board of the Royal District Nursing Service. More importantly, Carol was instrumental in changing the occupational health and safety legislation to cover nurses, thereby reducing their back injuries. In 2008, Carol was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services in health and nursing and for humanitarian work in Australia and overseas. She has been Chair of the Cancer Council (SA); a member of The Cancer Council Australia; a Governor of The Adelaide Bank Charitable Foundation; Chairman of the Alexandrina Council Arts and Cultural Committee and a Board member of ECH (formerly Elderly Citizens Homes).

Carol has also established the Goolwa and District Community Bank and is Chair of the Board, receiving the local Business Association Community Award for establishing this community enterprise. More recently, Carol established a community centre in her town in order to provide engagement and skill development opportunities for many people who would otherwise be socially isolated.

Professor Judith Kinnear

Professor Judith Kinnear’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and PhD (Genetics), all from the University of Melbourne, a Bachelor of Education (La Trobe University) and Graduate Diploma in Computer Simulation (Swinburne).  Judith also holds a Graduate Diploma in Forensic Studies conferred by the University of Canberra in 2016.  In 2015, Swinburne University of Technology awarded Judith an Honorary Doctorate in recognition of her significant contribution to science and higher education.  She is also a Fellow of The Linnaean Society of London.

Judith has held the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and International) and Foundation Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney and Director of Studies in the Faculty of Health Sciences at La Trobe University. Judith’s professional endeavours culminated with her appointment as Vice Chancellor of Massey University in 2003, making her the first female to lead a University in New Zealand.  She has also been influential in the area of curriculum development through her collaboration with Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS) in the United States and is the author of several textbooks and prize-winning educational software packages.

Judith is a founding member of the Leaders-Women International Network (L-WIN), established in 2008 under the leadership of Chancellor Noriko Mizuta of Josai University, Japan and a foreign member of the Council of the Women Leadership Academy set up in Beijing in 2013. She is an active member and patron of various organisations and supports a number of charitable organisations and community groups. Judith also sponsors a Travel Scholarship awarded annually, at Swinburne University of Technology, to a post graduate student in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology.

Doctor Mayumi Purvis

Dr Mayumi Purvis studied Psychology and Criminology within a Bachelor of Arts Degree and holds a PhD in Criminology from the University of Melbourne. She is a clinical criminologist, independent consultant, researcher and Honorary Fellow at The University of Melbourne, School of Social and Political Sciences (Criminology), where she lectures to postgraduate students.

Mayumi is also a member of a government expert panel designed to review and implement standards in all prison-based Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) treatment programs. In addition, she volunteers her time as Chairperson of Headspace Bairnsdale and is responsible for leading a consortium of services aimed at improving the lives and wellbeing of young persons aged 12 to 25 years.

Mayumi’s expertise is in the management and rehabilitation of sexual offenders. She has developed and implemented a Sex Offenders Specialist Case Management Model into correctional services and is Company Director of Criminological Consulting Australia (CCA). Mayumi has delivered correctional officer training (both locally and interstate) including ‘Case Management’, ‘Professional Boundaries in Correctional Settings’, ‘Working Safely with Sexual Offenders’ and ‘Self-Care and Mentoring for Case Managers’ to over two thousand correctional officers, psychologists and students.

Mayumi also designed and co-wrote the accredited Specialist Certificate in Criminology (Sexual Offender Management) course, run specifically for correctional officers who manage high-risk sexual offenders, which she delivers at Melbourne University. This is the only course of its kind in the world. Mayumi has published several papers related to sex offender management and is currently writing a book titled “Seven things you must tell your child about pornography… and how and when to say it”. This book is designed to help parents address the profound effects that pornography is having on children.

The Honourable Chief Justice Marilyn Warren AC

Marilyn Warren AC is Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria and Lieutenant-Governor of Victoria. She is the former Chair of the Victoria Law Foundation, the Council of Legal Education and the Council of the Institute of Forensic Medicine. 

Marilyn studied law at Monash University, graduating Juris (Bachelor of Jurisprudence) and completing the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) in 1973 and 1974 respectively and Master of Laws in 1983. In 2004, she was admitted to the degree of Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) by Monash University. Marilyn was called to the Victorian Bar in 1985 and practiced as a Barrister in areas such as commercial and administrative law. On 25 November 1997, Marilyn was appointed a Queens Counsel. In 1998, she was appointed a judge in the Trial Division of the Supreme Court of Victoria and was later appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (thus becoming Chief Justice of Victoria) on 25 November 2003. Marilyn is the first woman to be appointed to this office in an Australian Supreme Court.

In 2005 Marilyn was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) for service to the judiciary and to the legal profession particularly the delivery and administration of law in Victoria, to the community in areas affecting the social and economic conditions of women and to forensic medicine internationally.  In 2014, Marilyn was announced as Monash University Alumni of the year.   She is the Patron of the Victorian Women Lawyers, the Victorian Women Barristers’ Association and the Funds in Court Inspire Awards.

Marilyn was also a champion squash player, winning the University’s women’s championship ten years in a row. She also represented Victoria three times, in a team which won the Australian Championships three years running.