Molly joins the Tasmanian Presentation Congregation

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Carrying the Presentation values fondly in her pocket wherever she goes, Molly Payne (née Gerke, class of 2012) and her passion for community development, advocacy and mental health have travelled on a unique journey from Tasmania to Vanuatu to New York and back to facilitate a number of community-led programs for education, health, business and women’s capacity building.

A strong history of advocating for the rights of women and children has seen Molly take a different pathway to many that has brought her incredible lived experiences, from teaching in rural Vanuatu, to representing the IPA at the United Nations, to being the Founder and President of an NGO focusing on education and capacity building in the south pacific, and also working with Wesley Mission for community-led suicide prevention networks and Colony 47 as a Homeless Youth Coach. What an amazing story!

Now back in Tasmania for her next chapter, Molly is connecting with her Presentation values once again as the Justice Contact member for the Tasmanian Presentation Congregation. Her role is to represent the Sisters on the Presentation Society Justice Contact group which is also a member group of the International Presentation Association’s Action for Justice. There are several subgroups and Molly belongs to the ‘Towards the IPA Assembly 2022: Women and Children Working Group.’ Members represent Australia, Dubuque (USA), Staten Island (USA), Papua New Guinea, Zambia/Zimbabwe and the Philippines.

Congratulations Molly on his wonderful appointment that will gain so much value from your diverse skillset and double congratulations on your recent marriage!

Molly is pictured here at the United Nations with Keisy Ureleo whom she met and worked with while volunteering in Vanuatu.

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