Our Community

Mater Dei has been providing therapy, education and care to children and young people with intellectual disability and support to their families for over 50 years.

The ongoing support that Mater Dei receives from the wider community supplements government funding and helps provide for the quality of education and additional services and facilities we offer.

We would like to thank our sponsors, supporters and committee members for their generosity of spirit, time, resources and interest in sharing our vision to build a more inclusive world for all.

To see a list of our sponsors and supporters, please go to Our Major Sponsors page.

Our Supporter Q&A Articles

In the December 2016 edition of our Matters Magazine, we spoke to Richard Drinnan who has been a supporter of Mater Dei over many years.  Mr Drinnan is a great ambassador for Mater Dei and even recently brought his team of staff to visit the school so they could learn more about us and attend our Performing Arts concert.  Please click here to read this interesting article.

In the September 2016 Matters Magazine, we take the opportunity to introduce you to our newest Board Member, Sherie Avalos.  Sherie brings with her a wealth of experience in both the disability and not-for-profit sectors, and her enthusiasm for Mater Dei is evident in this interview.  Sherie is pictured below at our 2016 Race Day, second from right.  Please click here to get to know Sherie.

We interviewed Carol McVeigh in the June 2016 Matters Magazine.  Carol is in the unique position of not only being a supporter of Mater Dei but also working for one of our most valued and long term supporters, Paul Wakeling.  Read this interesting article about a wonderful supporter by clicking here.

 

In the April 2016 edition of the Matters Magazine, we interview our great friends and neighbours, Glenn and Margaret Fordham, who both support us personally and professionally.  Click here to read this wonderful article.

  

Our Supporter Q&A article in the December 2015 Matters Magazine focuses on Hans and Rose Versteeg.  Mr & Mrs Versteeg are the proprietors of the Art Centre Cafe, Campbelltown Arts Centre and supporters of our Structured Workplacement Program for some time.  We are very lucky to have them as part of our community.  To read this lovely article, please click here.

In the September 2015 edition of our Matters Magazine, we catch up with Mr John Adam who has been involved with Mater Dei over many levels.  He was elected as Chair of our Board in 2015 after being being Vice Chair, Mr Adam chaired the Finance Committee and the Development sub-committee as well as being the parent to one of our students.  To read this interesting article, please click here.

Our recently retired Board Member Mr Rob Burns was interviewed about his time with Mater Dei in the June 2015 edition of our Matters Magazine. Mr Burns served 15 years on the Mater Dei Board during which time he chaired the Finance Committee before becoming the Chair of the Board in 2007.  To read this insightful article, please click here.

Mr Steve Beattie was the focus of our Supporter Q&A interview In the first edition of our Matters Magazine for 2015.  Mr Beattie, the Company Secretary of Clintons Toyota, is a long term supporter of Mater Dei having served as the Chair of our Foundation and a member of the our Golf Day Committee.  To read this enlightening interview, please click here.

In the September 2014 issue of our Mater Dei Matters Magazine we interviewed Mr Paul Hillbrick.  Mr Hillbrick, the manager of Hillbrick Bicycles, is a member of our Development Committee and the Race Day Committee.  Please click here to read this interesting article.

Mr James Regan, a long time supporter of Mater Dei and the new Chair of the Mater Dei Foundation was interviewed in the June 2014 edition of the Mater Dei Matters Magazine.  Mr Regan is a successful local businessman and the founder of our Annual Great Pigeon Race.  To read this great article, please click here.

We interviewed Danielle Torresan in the April 2014 edition of our Matters Magazine.  Danielle, the aunty of one of our Early Intervention children, had an interesting idea on how to show support for her niece and family and also raise money for Mater Dei.  Please click here to read this inspiring interview.

In our December 2013 edition of Matters Magazine we focus Our Supporter Q&A article on Martin Cascarino.  Martin is a member of the Mater Dei Foundation Dinner Committe and a former Mater Dei parent who gives an insightful look at a parent's point of view.  Please click here to this very interesting article.

 

Tony Sanderson, the General Manager of the Catholic Development Fund (CDF) for the Diocese of Wollongong was featured in our Supporter Q&A in the September 2013 edition of our Matters Magazine.  CDF and Mr Sanderson have been a long term supporters and Mr Sanderson a long time member of the Mater Dei Race Day committee.  Click here to read Mr Sanderson's article.

 

In the June 2013 edition of our Matters Magazine our Supporter Q&A article focused on Glenn Cushion, the General Manager of the Ingleburn RSL Club.  The Ingleburn RSL Club have been proud and long time supporters of Mater Dei.  To read the article on Mr Cushion, the Ingleburn RSL Club and their involvement with Mater Dei please click here.

 

Paul  and Margaret Wakeling were featured in the Supporter Q&A article found in our April 2013 Matters Magazine.  Mr and Mrs Wakeling have been generous supporters of Mater Dei over many years.  Please click here to read this lovely article.

 

The December 2012 Matters Magazine featured a Supporter Q&A article with Kevin and Julie O'Keefe.  Mr and Mrs O'Keefe are long term supporters of Mater Dei, and Mr O'Keefe is a member of the Mater Dei Foundation Dinner Committee.  Please click here to read this interesting insight.

 

Our Supporter Q&A article in the September 2012 edition of our Matters Magazine features Jim Marsden, Senior Partner of Marsden's Law Group and Chair of the Foundation Dinner Committee.  Please click here to read this article.

 

Our June 2012 Mater Dei Matters Magazine features a Supporter Q&A article with Catherine Perich who is a member of our Development Program Committe.  To read this article, please click here.

 

 

In our April 2012 edition of the Mater Dei Matters Magazine, we published an Q&A article with one of our long term supporters, Phil McCarroll of Phil McCarroll Toyota.  To read this article, please click here.

 

In our Mater Dei Matters Magazine for September 2011, for the first time we published an Q&A article with one of our supporters.  Mark Scarce of Camden Hire agreed to be our first interviewee.  To read this article, please click here.