The Kym Adey Catherine House – University of South Australia (UniSA) scholarship has been established to support women from Catherine House to undertake further education at UniSA or UniSA College. Emeritus Professor Kym Adey has had a long and distinguished career in higher education and was a former Pro Vice Chancellor and Vice President at UniSA.

We gratefully acknowledge Emeritus Professor Kym Adey and UniSA. We also gratefully acknowledge the in-kind counselling support generously provided to the scholarship recipient by McPhee Andrewartha.


Kym Adey Catherine House -UniSA Scholarship Award

What a special moment……….

To witness ex-Catherine House resident Michelle being awarded the Kym Adey Catherine House-UniSA scholarship. Michelle’s educational journey with Catherine House Women’s Centre began with completing the ‘My time, My Life, My Future’ course.

This course, recently nominated as a finalist in the Adult Learning Program of the Year category for the 2017 Adult Learners’ Week campaign, was instrumental in providing Michelle with the opportunity to design an education and employment pathway for herself.

This year Michelle embarked on a Bachelor of Social Work. The scholarship, only available to Catherine House women, will support her for the duration of her study. There were times when Michelle never thought higher education was a future possibility. What an amazing start to study Michelle has had.

Michelle told us that when she received her first mark – a “D” – she was devastated. Her lecturer had to explain to her that D meant Distinction! What a wonderful effort by Michelle achieving her first distinction in the first half of the year, especially as she is concurrently dealing with study, single parenting and a myriad of issues including overwhelm and self-doubt!

“You have no idea how much this opportunity has profoundly changed me in that I want to commit to something every day of my life…. I absolutely loving the course content. I have totally surprised myself.…. I have done a lot better than I thought” she said.

One of the key requirements of the scholarship is to provide peer support to other Catherine House women. Michelle has already mentored two Catherine House client groups this year as part of the ‘My time’ course. The pictures below are of Michelle receiving her award from Dr Zoe Adey-Wakeling, daughter of Emeritus Professor Kym Adey AM.

We again sincerely thank Professor Kym Adey, a former Pro Vice Chancellor of UniSA, for generously providing this scholarship.


Larysa’s Story – First recipient of the Kym Adey Scholarship in 2011

Larysa arrived at Catherine House in March 2008. The issues that brought Larysa to Catherine House included a breakdown in her marriage after recently emigrating from her home country.

Despite experiencing difficult personal circumstances she has endeavoured to create a better life for herself. Larysa spent three weeks in the Emergency Program and received support from the Emergency Outreach Program until July 2009.

During this time Larysa participated in the Catherine House Education and Employment Program, beginning in March 2008. Larysa demonstrated high levels of motivation and is a highly capable and self–sufficient woman. Larysa’s goal was to find long term safe affordable housing for her and her son and she achieved this by purchasing her own home in 2010.

Following a range of successful work experience placements and her commitment to completing an Advanced Diploma in Accounting Larysa was accepted in to Catherine House 12 week intensive work ready training program in March 2011. Larysa graduated from the training program in October 2011.

Key areas of development for Larysa were communication, writing skills, conflict resolution and increased confidence. Larysa reported “The training program was amazing….. I feel that I am more confident and satisfied with myself.” Larysa then successfully gained a contract role – Accounts Receivable Officer, Accounts Receivable, Shared Services SA with the Department of the Premier and Cabinet.

Larysa’s dream of completing a Bachelor of Commerce was significantly boosted when she successfully applied for, and was the first recipient of, the Kym Adey Uni SA Scholarship in 2011. Larysa has juggled family, study and work commitments for the past 5 years.

She is delighted to have graduated this year and is now a permanent employee at Shared Services.

Congratulations Larysa!