Dorothy Hoddinott, former Australian Human Rights Medallist and principal of Holroyd High School, will give the keynote address for the St Vincent de Paul Society’s annual Rosalie Rendu lecture on 14 October.
Ms Hoddinott will discuss how students with disadvantageous backgrounds can be empowered to achieve success through education and the community engagement, a topic of strong relevance to the St Vincent de Paul’s society.
The address will be followed by a Q&A panel, where members will speak on how early intervention programs have significantly reduced homelessness.
The St Vincent de Paul Society traditionally has strong focus on early intervention for combating poverty, and has 420 communities across NSW that bring service to the homeless and others in poverty.
The first St Vincent de Paul Society Rosalie Rendu Lecture was held in 2012.
Almost 100 people attended the lecture to hear from Maitland City Cr Loretta Baker, who spoke about the partnership between the St Vincent de Paul Society and the council’s health services which is delivering change for marginalised communities.
St Vincent de Paul Society NSW State Council president Ray Reynolds attended the 2012 event and said it was important for members to continue to think of new ways of helping people experiencing disadvantage.
“As more and more people turn to us for assistance, it is very important that we look to the power of partnerships with government and other agencies to get the best possible outcome for those people we are trying to assist,” he said.
The 2015 lecture will be held at the Wesley Conference Centre in Pitt Street, Sydney, and is open to the public. Bookings are essential.