Halpin Way Honours Victorian Presentation Sister
Halpin Way was recently opened in the city of Greater Dandenong. It honours Ann Halpin pbvm (1939-2009) whose vision for a welcoming and safe place for isolated refugee and migrant women came to life as Wellsprings for Women. Victorian Presentation Sisters were delighted to join Ann’s family, friends and Wellsprings staff and volunteers, as Mayor Angela Long unveiled an interpretative sign marking Halpin Way. The sign celebrates Ann’s story and her significant contribution to the local community.
The sign notes that “Ann saw her clients, not as a project, but as real women with names and faces whom she knew and cared deeply about…Ann never stopped giving.” Victorian Congregation Leader, Bernadette Keating pbvm, remembered Ann “as creative and a born organiser with a deep concern for people”.
With the support of Presentation Sisters Victoria and their partners in ministry, Wellsprings for Women continues to live Ann’s vision of a safe place for women to enjoy friendship, to share and support one another, and to learn together. It is enlivened by the Presentation spirit which finds new expression in this 140th year of Presentation Sisters in Victoria.