For me this year has been ‘steady as she goes’. I continue my involvement with volunteer tasks and self-improvement. No overseas spinning but several brief trips within SA to places not visited for some time, e.g. Port Lincoln, Mount Gambier and Morgan. Droughts, bush fires and water shortages have us all much aware of global warming and how best to respond to this challenge. Go PNG’s Kevin Conrad. 'USA, if you won't lead, get out of the way!' My best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.
Personally and professionally, 2007 has been busy, productive, successful, and filled with fun and joy. It has been a consolidating year for Hilary and me. We have undertaken a number of consulting activities together. The work in PNG was definitely the highlight! Together, we purchased a unit in Kangaroo Point, where we have located both our offices. This is working really well. It is close to the ferry that crosses the river to the city, and is only a 3-minute walk from where we are living. We hope that 2008 will bring abundance in everything, especially joy, success, and good health.
Barry and Janine Paterson
This year Barry has continued as Theology teacher at Wontulp-Bi-Buya College thanks to the generosity of the supporters of the Bible Society of NSW. He is also Priest-in-Charge of St Peter’s Anglican Church at Kewarra Beach, which is on the north side of Cairns. As if that wasn’t enough he was elected as Secretary of the Mossman Community Centre. His New Year’s resolution is to rightsize his commitment to the College and concentrate more on the parish and the community of Mossman. While Barry is rightsizing Janine is flying higher than ever. She is now the Community Development Officer at our Mossman Community Centre. She presents a weekly radio program on community issues, supervises offenders who have community service orders, administers the emergency relief program, looks after the day-to-day working of the centre, encourages community members to use the facilities of the Centre and reaches out to the community to provide support by the Community Centre, to name just a few of her tasks. She is also involved in the world of lapidary (rocks) where she fashions beautiful pieces of jewellery from our amazing Australian semi-precious stones. She also graduated with a Certificate in Theology and Ministry from Trinity College in Melbourne and has continued to provide administrative support to the Bishop of the Torres Strait Region of the Anglican Church. We are richly blessed and we hope you are too.
As an ex-Chapter member of the 2007 reunion it has been for me a wonderful pleasure of getting to know my colleagues, if for only one thing - and this has been an eye-opener - never once were there any disagreements. All members worked as a team of one for the success, I believe, we attained in Brisbane. Cheers and beers plus oysters and prawns and Swiss delicacies! Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2008.