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"I was always more interested in my
sports than academic achievement and
have great memories of Marist Cricket
Carnivals and Outward Bound. I've also
made many lifelong friends from my
years at Marist and many of them I still
catch up with today.
After visiting Nepal in 2006, I realised
that no matter what challenges I had
faced in life, there were others doing it
much tougher. I decided to dedicate my
life to raising awareness of global poverty
and be a voice for the world's poor.
Since then, I have cycled from Perth
to Canberra and walked 4,500km from
Perth to Sydney whilst bouncing an AFL
football the whole way. This year I walked
across Southern Africa kicking a soccer
ball. These adventures have drawn much
needed attention to the ongoing plight
of those living in extreme poverty. I will
continue my work through motivational
speaking and future Walk to a Better World
adventures. "As long as poverty, injustice
and gross inequality persist in our world,
none of us can truly rest -- Nelson Mandela".
Thomas (2009) David
Upon leaving Marist, David worked part-time
as a barman whilst working in the CBC bank
for eight months before embarking on a
career selling real estate for three years.
He was the youngest commission-only
real estate salesman in Australia.
From there, David established with others
a building and development company that
was the forerunner to today's 'Madison', which
has been operating for 30 years and has
completed over 2,500 dwellings, including
50 houses for the Olympic Village in Sydney.
As Madison's Managing Director, the company
is currently undertaking a 61 apartment
development, Peninsula, in Kingston Foreshore
and a 350 dwelling subdivision, Ginninderra
Estate, at the Belconnen Golf Course.
David has been on the Open Family, now
Youth Care Canberra, Committee/ Board for
over 20 years, including as their Vice Chair for
the last 12 years. Their charter is helping
homeless youth in Canberra and Queanbeyan.
David is also past President of the Housing
Industry Association (HIA) in Canberra.
David has twin sons James and Lloyd (now
aged 30), two step-children (Sharisse and
Danny), plus seven grandchildren.
He recently completed an undergraduate
degree in Psychology at the University of West
Indies in Barbados, and intends to undertake
further study in the area of Industrial and
Organisational Psychology with an interest
in collision sports.
With the advent of technology enabling him
to be physically away from his workplace,
David now splits his time between living at
Sutton and in Barbados with his partner Leya.
David currently plays Masters Rugby League
for the Woden Valley Rams Old Boys, and is
also a part-time breeder of race horses
through Lockyer Thoroughbreds including
the famed 'Whobegotyou'.
His best memories of his time at Marist were
the friendships formed in Years 11 and 12
that are still ongoing today. David is looking
forward to the next Class of '81 reunion.
The Maristian December 2016
Michael started at Marist in 2001 in Year 4. In the
Senior School he was in Haydon House, where he
became the House's first Service Captain in 2009.
Some of his favourite memories from Haydon
House were House Dean Andy McIntee reciting
Irish Poetry at House Assemblies.
Michael's favourite subject at Marist was Drama
and he was involved in a number of the school
productions. His passion for the arts led him to
study a Bachelor of Arts in Acting for the Screen
and Stage, minoring in TV Production at
Charles Sturt University, graduating in 2013.
In 2014, Michael was represented by T&E
Management and attended a number of workshops
and auditions whilst planning his wedding with his
sweetheart Krystal. They are excited to welcome
their first child in December. His mother Christine,
who was the College Archivist from 2007 until early
this year, is especially excited to meet her sixth
Michael currently works at Foxtel as a Content
Operator in Digital Media and is responsible for all
On Demand and Presto Movies content. Michael has
recently been accepted into a Masters of Teaching
at University of Canberra where he will major in
With many fond memories and still strong
friendships from his time here, Michael hopes that
one day he'll be able to return to teach at Marist.
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