The Southern Cross : July 2010
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If you would prefer to telephone us call 1300 550 273 or 1300 655 002. Your Life, Our Community AS NE By Rebecca DiGirolamo She has been defending the rights of asylum seekers and refugees for more than two decades and is now advising the Federal Government on how best to assist hundreds of displaced people detained across Australia. Adelaide Sister of Mercy, Dr Mar yanne Loughr y RSM, was last month recognised for her dedicated international advocacy for asylum seekers and refugees when she became a member (AM) of the Order of Australia. Having first received news of the award in May, Sr Mar yanne said that while it was a personal acknowledgment, the AM, more impor tantly, commended the imperative work of refugee rights in Australia. "This award is saying that working with and advocacy for refugees and asylum seekers is valued and is to be rewarded," said Sr Mar yanne, 55. And she said the timing of the award could not be better, with Australia's immigration policy making headlines again after more than 700 asylum seekers, mostly Afghan and Sri Lankan men, arrived by boat to Australia in recent months. "I think asylum seekers are ver y much a people in desperate need and Australia has the availability (of resources) and the flexibility to assist." Raised and educated in Adelaide, Sr Mar yanne now resides in Sydney as associate director of Jesuit Refugee Ser vice Australia. She is a research scholar at the Centre for Human Rights and International Justice at Boston College and the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford. She sits on a raft of international groups, including the Gaza Community Mental Health Program and the Governing Committee of the International Migration Committee. One of her most recent appointments was to the 11-member Council for Immigration Ser vices and Status Resolution -- an independent advisor y panel assisting the federal government on immigration policies, ser vices and programs to ensure timely, fair and effective outcomes for those seeking asylum or migration to Australia. Sr Mar yanne said her inspiration had been the refugee work of the Mercy Sisters and the strong social justice teachings at Adelaide's own Mercedes College, where she was a student from Years 8 to 12. "It's ver y rewarding work and it's more challenging than ever," she said. She is a psychologist and adjunct lecturer in the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Faculty of Education, Humanities, Law and Theology, at the Flinders University of South Australia. In the late 1980s, Sr Mar yanne worked in refugee camps in the Philippines and Hong Kong. From 1993-1995 she helped the Vietnamese government address the needs of the returnee population in Vietnam and in more recent years she has trained refugee workers in South East Asia, Africa, Sri Lanka and the Middle East. John Mark Dnistriansky wants to make sure the Ukrainian tradition of his parents remains a vibrant par t of the Adelaide community. That's why he has spent much of his adult-life actively involved in Ukrainian spor ting teams, clubs, churches and schools. Even in his last eight years of retirement, John has volunteered his time as president and treasurer of the Association of Ukrainians in South Australia. Last month he became a Member of the Order of Australia in the General Division (OAM) as par t of the Queen's Bir thday Honours List. "I cer tainly was honoured and delighted," said John, 65. "The fact that I received the award as the son of displaced parents means a lot to my Mum and Dad, who would be ver y proud." John (pictured) was born in Germany after his parents fled war-torn Ukraine in the 1940s. He arrived in Australia five years later. He studied, married Irena, had two children and was a TAFE lecturer and an Adelaide University lecturer in water, waste disposal and public health programs for 30 years. Ever y Wednesday John can be found at the Ukrainian Community Centre in Hindmarsh helping the elderly process overseas documents relating to their pensions as a Justice of the Peace. During his past six years as president of the association, John has made sure dancing, singing, a senior citizens club and a Kozak bar keep the youth and elderly connected to their ancestr y. "These (seniors) are the original pioneers that came out to Adelaide in 1948-49 and set up all the institutions and organisations that we currently enjoy," said John. "Not only did they have to establish themselves from war-torn Europe, they also built the churches, the halls, established the spor ting clubs, the ar ts, youth groups and the cultural communities." John is an active parishioner of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, which has parishes in Wayville and Woodville. John has been a member of the Wayville parish finance committee for the past five years and said his faith was critical to how he lived out his life. "It is ver y impor tant to me." Cossack spirit guides John Adelaide nun backs refugee rights MERCY IN HER HEART: Sr Maryanne Loughry RSM in Afghanistan in 2002 and 2003 researching the needs of children.