COMMUNITY RECOGNITION STATEMENT - Happy 100th Birthday Sister Germaine

Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland)—I would like to send out my best wishes to Sister Germaine Innes, who celebrated her 100th birthday last month. She was born to parents Brice and Florence in February 1921 in the suburb of Telarah, and schooled at St John's and St Mary's in Maitland. Attracted to the older Nuns' devotion to prayer, Sister Germaine took her vows in 1943 and has dedicated almost 80 years of her life to faithful service as a Dominican Nun. The Dominican order, which has more than 800 years of history, has taken Sister Germaine to covenants across Australia, and to the Dominican House of Studies in Rome, where she performed domestic duties and ran kitchens. The milestone birthday included congratulatory messages from the Queen and from the Prime Minister. Now residing at the St Joseph's retirement community in Sandgate, the centenarian has always held Maitland close to her heart. I would like to thank Sister Germaine for her many years of service, and wish her good health, happiness, and peace of mind in the future.