Where are they now?
A special feature from ‘120 Inspirational Loreto Women ‘
To be part of the Loreto Normanhurst community is a precious gift. Many members of our alumni have gone on to generously share their gifts with others, making positive contributions across Australia and around the globe. They are Loreto people who are “constant, efficacious and loving”.
Dr Sally-Anne Greenaway (’77)
Sally was influenced by her teachers at Loreto Normanhurst and left school with enduring passions for social justice, the arts and sciences and a deep interest in the ethical foundations of health, and how we live in society. She was in the foundation year of the University of Newcastle’s medical faculty and after graduating Sally worked at RPAH in Camperdown for six years commencing physicians training and specialising in clinical haematology.
She then spent a few years undertaking leukaemia cell biology research before going back to clinical medicine. Sally combined her long term interest in end of life care and how medicine and society can help patients with diseases we cannot cure by working in both palliative medicine and clinical haematology at Westmead Hospital and Mount Druitt Palliative Care Unit.
Sally is now the Director of Supportive and Palliative Medicine and a senior staff specialist in clinical haematology at Western Sydney Local Health District – whose hospitals take students from several universities so teaching is also a wonderful part of her life.
Sally regards her happy family life with her wonderful husband Warwick, her three step children and their three younger children as her greatest achievement.
“My grounding from Loreto in Ignatian spirituality and the Catholic tradition of social justice remain with me and inform every aspect of my life. I am forever grateful that I had my years at Loreto Normanhurst and that we had the privilege of educating our daughter Madeleine there as well.”
Michelle Leonard OAM (’88)
Michelle is the founder, artistic director and conductor of Moorambilla Voices. This nationally awarded program seeks to give country kids a rare opportunity to sing, dance and create incredible performances with artists of the highest calibre. The friendships, performances and opportunities the children make are life-changing. Under Michelle’s direction, the choirs and annual program has flourished, receiving numerous national and state awards.
Michelle is also the founding artistic director and conductor of Leichhardt Espresso Chorus and its chamber choir, Ristretto. She is widely sought after as a choral clinician on Australian repertoire and appears regularly as a guest speaker, adjudicator and workshop facilitator. Michelle was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for Services to the Community and Performing Arts in 2017. She is originally from Coonamble and boarded at Loreto from Year 9. She has four magnificent children and a well-honed sense of humour!
Dr virginia small (’77)
Virginia is a senior communications professional and for much of her career has been in a variety of senior roles at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Her passion for the spoken word saw her awarded her teaching diploma from Trinity College London at the young age of 17. Virginia’s expertise in communications covers broadcast, digital and print journalism, with a specialisation in economics reporting. She worked in Brunei Darussalam for five years where she trained and mentored journalists. She has two Masters degrees, one in Public Relations, the other in English Literature and was awarded a PhD for examining terrorism and international drug trafficking through the lens of the Australian media.
Virginia has a passion for social justice and lives by Mary Ward’s words, “Be all to all.”