Isabella Tocchetti never saw herself, during her time at St. Michael’s College (SMC) 2013-17, as “a model student or star academic”. Enjoying a strong sense of Lasallian community, she experienced welcome there, and pushed herself to be her best. She has been a staff member for the last two years.
The Lasallian ethos – its core principles and values - has helped shape the person Isabella is today:
“Being a Lasallian has taught me how to be compassionate, kind, and loving to those around me, while upholding the core values of faith, service and community. Being a Lasallian means you truly are part of a larger community that always looks out for one another. I am proud to work at an organisation that strives… (to continue) the mission of St John Baptist de La Salle”.
Isabella took on the role of Lasallian youth minister in early 2020, at a time when she had, in her own words, “recently grown a lot in my faith, and my relationship with God was strengthening rapidly”. Zani Bates, another SMC youth minister told her of an immediate opening at St. Michael’s. “I was excited by the opportunity to grow in my faith in a community I already felt so comfortable in, while also being able to foster the spiritual growth of young people”.
Her role had many different tasks, all rewarding, and for her important. Developing and supporting the College youth ministry, fostering spiritual growth, and being a positive role model were all important. She nurtured relationships with staff as well as students as core jobs.
Retreat organisation and facilitation was very rewarding bonding with students, and finding their openness to communicate in times of need. Developing Lasallian Youth Leaders was central as well:
“It is so exciting to see a room full of young people so passionate about social justice, spirituality, and making a change. We have such a great generation of young people wanting to make a difference, and it is the Youth Ministers’ job to help put their ideas into action!”
Over the last three years Isabella has been studying for a Bachelor of Business and Human Resource Management at the University of South Australia. Thus, when SMC advertised for a “People & Culture Assistant”, she applied. The Leadership Team had seen her passion and commitment to Lasallian development, and so she is now gaining experience in HR, her chosen career path.
The skills developed, and the hearts she nurtured in Lasallian youth ministry has set Isabella Tocchetti in great shape for the future.
(Material provided by Ms. Isabella Tocchetti, People & Culture Asst., St. Michael’s College Adelaide, S.A.)