30 January 2015

Archivist honoured

St Catherine’s Archivist has been recognised in the Australia Day honours roll.
Mrs Evangeline Galettis has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for ‘service to the community, particularly to educational institutions’.
Headmistress Dr Julie Townsend was delighted to announce the award to the School community saying that Mrs Galettis was richly deserving of the medal, after many years of devoted service to St Catherine’s, archival work and the local community. “I am so pleased that she has been recognised for her outstanding and selfless work,” she added.
Mrs Galettis is a St Catherine’s Old Girl who has been fulfilling her passion for lifelong learning for girls as a teacher, archivist, historian, mother of four and community volunteer for most of her life.
For the last 40 years she has been the driving force behind the Old Girls Union which she calls the ‘heart of the School’, where generations of past students come together to maintain the strong ties forged during their school years.
Mrs Galettis said she was humbled and honoured by the award. “It’s been a privilege to be part of St Catherine’s,” she said. “I am so grateful for my education, the sense of belonging and the strong Christian community here and I’ve always wanted to give back.”
She joins a distinguished roll of St Catherine’s women who have been awarded Australia Day honours during its 40-year history. It includes Old Girls Dame Joan Sutherland who was Australian of the Year in 1961 and Elinor Wrobel OAM and past Headmistresses Miss Faith Patterson AO and Mrs Jo Karaolis AO.
In the picture: Mrs Galletis (centre) with Headmistress Dr Julie Townsend and daughter Helene Galletis.