The Old Collegians’ Club Council is delighted to offer you a recording of our annual Chapel Service and Keynote Speech to be viewed at your leisure. We trust that you will find this to be a lovely way to connect in place of our traditional event.

We are thrilled to welcome Reverend Debra Saffrey-Collins (Saffrey 1979) to lead our Chapel Service and Dr Jacqueline Ogeil (1986) as our keynote speaker at this year’s Annual event. Dr Ogeil is the former Executive Director at Montsalvat, the Founder/director of the Woodend Winter Arts Festival, the inaugural Director of Duneira and the Founder/Director of the ARIA finalist baroque ensemble Accademia Arcadia. In 2014, Dr Ogeil was a recipient of a Margaret Lawrence Bequest for Women in Arts Leadership, and in 2015, was named by Westpac and the Financial Review as one of the 100 Women of Influence.

As is our tradition, the offertory will be given to a particular project of the college. This year the OCC Council has chosen to support Blessing Bags, founded in 2014 by old collegian, Christine Semerdjian (2014).

“Blessing Bags is a volunteer-run organisation that distributes bags of essentials to people experiencing homelessness right across Melbourne. Our bags contain body soap, a toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, sanitary items, deodorant, a muesli bar, and a note of encouragement. Since 2015 we have distributed over 10,000 bags across Melbourne, and in 2018, we created our policy and research arm. By helping the immediate needs of vulnerable Melbournians, and trying to create long-term systemic changes through policy advocacy, we hope that one day, homelessness will be a thing of the past in Melbourne, and in Australia.” - Christine Semerdjian (2014).

Donations gratefully accepted on the Blessing Bags website.

Gather with your MLC OC friends (COVID-19 restrictions permitting) and enjoy this online event.

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