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 nee Wilckens started her professional life as a nurse and has worked in the VIC, WA and SA health systems, in a remote Aboriginal community and as a volunteer in Nigeria, Bangladesh and Sabah. She has also acted as an advisor to human services industries, public, private, and not-for-profit in SA and the NT and has also worked for the World Health Organisation in the Asian, Pacific and African regions establishing health workforce plans for countries such as Vanuatu, 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 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 appointed a Member in the General Division 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 Cancer Council Australia; a Governor of The Adelaide Bank Charitable Foundation; Chairman of the Alexandrina Council Arts & Cultural Committee and a member of the Board of ECH (formally Elderly Citizens Homes).

Carol has established the Goolwa & 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 BSc, MSc and PhD (Genetics) (Melbourne University), a Bed (La Trobe) and Grad Dip in Computer Simulation (Swinburne). Judith also holds a Graduate Diploma in Forensic Studies conferred by the University of Canberra. She also has an Honorary Doctor of the University award conferred by Swinburne University of Technology and is also a Fellow of the Linnaean Society (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 at Massey University, New Zealand. Judith has continued research in both Genetics and Science Education. She has experience in curriculum development, including collaboration with BSCS (Biological Sciences Curriculum Study) in the United States, and is the author of several prize-winning educational software packages, including CATLAB.

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 in Japan and a foreign member of the Council of the Women Leadership Academy set up in Beijing in 2013 under the leadership of Professor Liu Jinan of the Communication University of China. She is an active member and patron of various organisations and supports a number of charitable organisations and community groups. She also supports educational projects at Swinburne University and Lowther Hall.

Doctor Mayumi Purvis

Dr Mayumi Purvis studied Psychology and Criminology within a Bachelor of Arts Degree and holds a PhD in Criminology. Mayumi is a criminologist and private consultant/researcher and is also an Honorary Fellow at Melbourne University School of Social and Political Science (Criminology) where she lectures to postgraduate students. She 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 is also the Independent Chairperson for Headspace Bairnsdale responsible for leading a consortium of services aimed at improving the lives and well-being of young persons aged 12 -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 runs a criminological consultancy service, CCA Optimising Outcomes and delivers case management training to correctional staff. She has delivered Correctional Officer Training (both locally and interstate), which includes 'Case Management', 'Professional Boundaries in Correctional Settings','Working Safely with Sexual Offenders' and 'Self-Care and Mentoring for Case Managers' to over 2000 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. She has published several papers related to sex offender management and is currently writing a book.

The Honourable Chief Justice Marilyn Warren AC

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

Marilyn studied law at Monash University, graduating Juris (Bachelor of Jurisprudence) and LL.B. (Hons) (Bachelor of Laws with Honours) in 1973 and 1974 respectively and Master of Laws in 1983. In April 2004, she was made an honorary Doctor of Laws by Monash University. She 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, she was appointed a QC. In 998, she was appointed a judge in the Trial Division of the Supreme Court of Victoria and she was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (thus becoming Chief Justice of Victoria) on 25 November 2003. She is the first female Chief Justice in any of the states and territories of Australia.

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