|Women inspiring women - 14 March 2014|
Celebrating generations of inspiring women
More than 300 women and girls (and a few men) attended the College’s annual International Women’s Day breakfast on Friday 7 March.
Guests were inspired by Guest Speaker, past pupil Faye McLeod aka ‘Candy Devine’ who shared stories of her childhood as a sugar cane farmer’s daughter and subsequent transition to fame as a cabaret singer, stage & screen actress and radio star.
She spoke fondly of her days as a boarder at Lourdes Hill College in the 1950s, where she was heavily involved in music, referring to her former teacher, Sister Michael as her ‘musical mentor’.
She spoke proudly of her late mother, Ivy, who was raised in an orphanage and later became a talented dressmaker and advocate for multiculturalism and anti-discrimination.
Faye’s parents, who between them shared a vast range of cultural backgrounds, were co-founders of the Cairns multicultural music group, the Tropical Troubadours and would later establish the city’s Coloured Social Club, a vibrant and dynamic part of the community.
Faye’s own career in entertainment spanned five decades and several countries. She hosted television music programs, acted in television, stage and film and presented countless radio programs.
She recently returned to Brisbane after spending most of her adult life in Ireland, where she married her late husband Donald and raised four sons, including Brisbane celebrity chef Alastair.
Faye was the first woman to be inducted into the Irish media Hall of Fame in 2012 and was recently awarded an MBE for her significant contributions to broadcasting and the community.
During her address, Faye thanked her granddaughters, Bailie (Year 11) and Sasha (Year 8), for having chosen Lourdes Hill College for their secondary education.
The event’s raffle draw raised $1325 for the Good Samaritan Sisters’ Transitional Housing project, for women and children escaping domestic violence.
Congratulations to Mrs Colette Duvall for her amazing work in planning and delivering such a large and important event for the College. Thank you to all staff and students who helped to make the event a success.