Our St Canice Parish Manager of six years, the smiling, 'can-do' Lynelle Lembryk, is moving on to a position that allows her to spend more time with family and be a first-time grandmother to new baby Ryan. Lynelle leaves big shoes to fill. There are so many aspects to what Lynelle contributes to the success of the parish. Attention to administration, bookkeeping, facilities management of many buildings on the property, and parishioner communications duties is to be expected in such a position. But, perhaps even more importantly here in a parish like St Canice’s, Lynelle brings a special gift of a ‘listening ear’ to the many who telephone, or knock on the door of the parish office every day, or who are guests in Canice Kitchen. True to the Jesuit Universal Apostolic Preferences, Lynelle patiently accompanies and comforts so many troubled people.
Over the past 18 months, despite the lockdowns, the Kitchen has been a beacon of light for the street community. They have remained open, delivering not only meals but growing their services to include; legal and healthcare clinics, a COVID vaccination hub, an extensive library and probably most importantly an array of mental health services.
Our Federal Member, Dave Sharma MP, visited Canice's Kitchen this week. He was impressed by the Kitchen's sustainability and ability not only survive but to grow through COVID. Alongside a daily meal service, the Kitchen now provides additional support to its guests. In addition to regular visits from Orange Sky Laundry and Thread Together, we are providing weekly access to St Vincent’s Homeless Health, an employment and coaching service, as well as a community participation program which will offer guests the chance to work alongside qualified chefs to gain skills and confidence.