Spirit of Mercy Awards

“You can’t be what you can’t see,” is a quote attributed to Marian Wright Edelman, a US activist for the rights of children. She believed that young people are less likely to be inspired for their future if they don’t have visible role models.

2024 Nominations are NOW OPEN

Spirit of Mercy Award

Nominees must have received a substantial portion (4 years minimum) of their secondary education at Catholic Regional College or Mercy Regional College and meet a combination of the following criteria:

Excelled in their career or made a substantial contribution to their chosen field of endeavour;

  • Recognised by peers as leaders in their particular field or community and have a sustained record of achievement or service over a substantial number of years.
  • Demonstrated that a commitment to social justice and Mercy Regional College values is evident alongside success in a chosen field.
  • Contributed to the local, state, national or international community and/or the Mercy Regional College community or its predecessor.

Young Spirit of Mercy Award

Nominees must: have received a substantial portion (4 years minimum) of their secondary education at Mercy Regional College and:

  • Be under the age of 30; have demonstrated excellence or received recognition in their chosen field of endeavour or
  • Exemplified the best attributes of giving and community spirit and model strong social and Mercy values, which is inspiring to others.

Call for Nominations

Anyone can make a nomination for the Spirit of Mercy Award.

Nominations will be sought by Mercy Regional College from the College and local community via:

  • College social media platforms
  • Other College publications, such as the newsletter
  • Local media


  1. Nominations to be called.
  2. Nominations must be submitted on the prescribed electronic nomination form (see bottom of page). A receipt of the nomination will be acknowledged in writing.
  3. The College Leadership team in conjunction with a selected panel will review nominations against the specified selection criteria.
  4. Successful candidates will be contacted by the Principal and advised of preparations for the event.

Removal Clause

Inductees into the ‘Spirit of Mercy’ alumni will remain members of the ‘Spirit of Mercy’ alumni, unless they are removed because of conduct detrimental to the ideals, objectives and values of Mercy Regional College, and the ‘Spirit of Mercy’ alumni.

Nomination Forms:


2024 Spirit of Mercy Award Nomination Form
2024 Young Spirit of Mercy Award Nomination Form

Spirit of Mercy Award Inductees


Jocelyn Bignold OAM

“I know we won’t be done with our dreams until homelessness and family violence are eradicated from our community.”

Rose Henry

“Be part of your community. Put your hand up and put your name down. When you see a need, challenge yourself to contribute the best way you are able.”

Josh Hose OAM

“We may not always be able to choose our circumstances, but we do have a choice about how we face them”

Greg O’Shea

“Identify your values, identify your goals and take some calculated risks in order to achieve them.”

Mark O’Shea

“You learn from mistakes. Lead a healthy lifestyle and educate yourself about financial matters. As soon as you are earning, start putting money aside, it adds up.”

Professor Mike Ryan

“Reach for the stars and don’t hold back. Back yourself and don’t question whether you are good enough just because you are from a small school in a small town.”

Ella Gleeson

“You’ve got this, there are many paths in the world for you to choose –  you just have to start.”