Father Frank Sheehan Award for Service to Community

The Father Frank Sheehan Award for Service to Community is awarded to an individual who has made sustained contributions to the betterment of the community. It embodies the School’s vision of boys making a positive difference in their world and honours all who choose to help others, particularly the disadvantaged and vulnerable.

Father Frank Sheehan commenced as the Christ Church Grammar School Chaplain in 1985 and is the School’s longest serving chaplain. Father Sheehan’s commitment to the boys and the broader community has been outstanding and this is our opportunity to recognise the work of a remarkable man who has inspired many through his leadership and service to our community.

Responsible for establishing the School’s Centre for Ethics in 1996, with Father Frank’s leadership the Centre has welcomed speakers from a wide variety of backgrounds: philosophers, theologians, members of parliament, novelists, poets, educators, leaders who model an ethical way of life (some famous, others not) those who work actively to change the world, those who place more emphasis on reflection. The work of the Centre for Ethics, and the widespread respect for Father Sheehan, has augmented the School’s reputation among parents, old boys and the general community.

This Award is one of the highest honours the School can be bestow upon a member of the Christ Church Grammar School community.

All old boys, staff members (current and past), parents and grandparents of Christ Church Grammar School boys (current and past) are eligible for nomination – view the nomination guidelines here.

Nominations have now closed for 2020.

Winner 2020

Congratulations to Marmingee Hand, winner of the prestigious Father Frank Sheehan Award for Service to Community 2020.

Marmingee was nominated for her work with Indigenous communities – in particular young people. She has made a difference to many children through teaching literacy and ensuring Aboriginal language and culture stay strong within the Fitzroy Crossing community.

Watch this video to hear Marmingee’s remarkable story of growing up in Fitzroy Crossing, her special connection to Christ Church Grammar School, and how she has devoted her life to helping others.

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