Anne Kirwin: Looking back on 2019

So this is Christmas and what have you done?

Christmas is a time for reflection, so the Catholic Voice asked twelve prominent Catholics to share their thoughts on 2019


Anne Kirwin, CEO CatholicCare Canberra & Goulburn

Highlight of 2019

The successful launch of the Hous­ing First pilot in Canberra with the goal of providing a solution to rough sleeping and homelessness in Can­berra. It is a partnership with the ACT Government and St Vincent de Paul.

A low point

We are hearing more about ‘the deserving poor’ in the media and we must fight against this mentality that some people in our community are undeserving. Housing, health ser­vices, care and inclusion are human rights for everyone.

A professional achievement

I survived the CEO Sleepout for St Vincent de Paul at -4 degrees – never again!

A personal achievement

My mighty Canberra Raiders made the Grand Final and I supported them with my family – loved the Viking Clap!

Something I have learned

I am still learning to be patient.

A news event that affected me

The ongoing tension in Hong Kong is concerning as I have family living there.

How I approach 2020

With excitement. There is so much happening in social services and housing. It is a great time to be with CatholicCare.


In the 12 days leading up to Christmas we will be sharing daily reflections looking back on 2019. You can find the other reflections here.

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