Posted by Philippe Dulawan
on 8 April 2021
One of the joys of working for, with and in the Lasallian Family is the diverse and engaging people that are met along the way. The Young Lasallians team, affectionately called the "Dream Team", comprised of Lasallian Volunteers (LVs) and Lasallian Youth Ministers (LYMs), is no exception. During these opening months of 2021, there have been some noteworthy changes to the team:
At De La Salle College, Ashfield, Dean Bestos is welcomed as an LYM working 2-days per week. Dean is a former Vice-Captain of Ashfield (2019) and is the first Ashfield alumni to take-up this position. He has made an impressive start having already facilitated the Year 7 and Year 10 retreats. Heartfelt appreciation is given to Aiden Moore, the LYM in 2019-2020, who generously volunteered his time to onboard and orient Dean to the school alongside Maddy Forde, Young Lasallians Coordinator. Aiden leaves a lasting legacy, having played an instrumental part in accompanying Ashfield graduates and now LV, Salesi Lata (Balgo) and LYM, Juan Pablo (Revesby), to take up these opportunities. Thank you, Aiden and welcome, Dean.
Similarly, Meryla Lowther is offered gratitude for her service over a multitude of roles. Meryla has concluded her time as a Dream Team member to pursue further education with a prestigious scholarship from Western Sydney University. Meryla is a Young Lasallians pioneer, having graduated from Oakhill College in 2014, before taking up a Lasallian Volunteer position in Middle Swan. She was the first repeat Lasallian Volunteer, completing her second year in the Balgo Hills community in 2015, before continuing her employment at the school in 2016. She returned to Sydney in 2017, taking up the position of LYM at Holy Spirit Catholic College, Lakemba and De La Salle College, Revesby. She continued at both communities until 2018 before focusing her time at Revesby in 2019 until the present. Juan, who began job-sharing with Meryla this year, will increase his presence at the Revesby from 1 to 2 days per week. We thank Meryla immensely for her many years of service and commitment to our Lasallian mission.
Shaye Baker-Baines, a graduate from Lasalle College, Middle Swan, has decided to return home after taking up the position of LV at Southern Cross College, Scarborough. We thank Shaye for her service and wish her a smooth return home. Angelina Bone, who initially took up an LV position in Scarborough in 2019 before returning home due to COVID, will continue as the sole LV in QLD in 2021. Angelina has displayed determination and resilience to come back for a second year, serving at yourtown and Southern Cross.
Lastly, this work is only possible through the ongoing collaboration of several key stakeholders, including the College's themselves, yourtown, Lasallian Communities, community directors, site and placement supervisors and Lasallian Mission Council staff. Special thanks are given to each of these stakeholders who are involved in supporting our young people.