• Catharine Keir, Courtney Necoloff and Sisilia Reknawati

    Catharine Keir, Courtney Necoloff and Sisilia Reknawati

  • Father Richard Thompson and Catharine Keir.

    Father Richard Thompson and Catharine Keir.

  • Father Richard Thompson, Tarlie Alcock, Lady Cosgrove and Barry Sandison.

    Father Richard Thompson, Tarlie Alcock, Lady Cosgrove and Barry Sandison.

  • Sisilia Reknawati, Maggie White, Tresha Shakya and Lyn Kelly

    Sisilia Reknawati, Maggie White, Tresha Shakya and Lyn Kelly

  • John-Francis van Haldren and Catharine Keir

    John-Francis van Haldren and Catharine Keir

  • Catharine Keir and Maggie White

    Catharine Keir and Maggie White

  • Ockert Meyer and Margaret Benson

    Ockert Meyer and Margaret Benson

  • Catharine Keir, Courtney Necoloff and Sisilia Reknawati

    Catharine Keir, Courtney Necoloff and Sisilia Reknawati

  • Matt Prendergast, Leila Jorda, Tresha Shakya, Katelyn Bakelaar and in front Elizabeth Archer

    Matt Prendergast, Leila Jorda, Tresha Shakya, Katelyn Bakelaar and in front Elizabeth Archer

  • Nathan Kensey and Nathan Ahearne

    Nathan Kensey and Nathan Ahearne

  • Anne and Keith Cantlie with Viola Kalokerinos

    Anne and Keith Cantlie with Viola Kalokerinos

  • Paul Trezise and Loretta Wholley

    Paul Trezise and Loretta Wholley

  • Gill McFeat, Eileen Glass and Teena Parkinson

    Gill McFeat, Eileen Glass and Teena Parkinson

  • Debbie Kensey, Anne Mullins and Brian Kensey

    Debbie Kensey, Anne Mullins and Brian Kensey

  • John Alcock, Diana Archer and David Archer with Sue Neimanis

    John Alcock, Diana Archer and David Archer with Sue Neimanis

  • Tarlie Alcock, Lady Cosgrove and Margaret Benson

    Tarlie Alcock, Lady Cosgrove and Margaret Benson

  • Lady Cosgrove and her 'spouse', just checking the garden beyond, Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove.

    Lady Cosgrove and her 'spouse', just checking the garden beyond, Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove.

  • Francis Sullivan and James Sullivan

    Francis Sullivan and James Sullivan

  • Gillian Drew and Susan Sullivan

    Gillian Drew and Susan Sullivan

  • Frank Long, Father Richard Thompson and John Donovan

    Frank Long, Father Richard Thompson and John Donovan

  • Gabrielle Long and Michael Flynn

    Gabrielle Long and Michael Flynn

  • Wayne Harriden and John Minns

    Wayne Harriden and John Minns

  • Barry Sandison and Annie Duke.

    Barry Sandison and Annie Duke.

L'Arche Genesaret Afternoon Tea with Patron Lady Cosgrove

2 April 2015

Afternoon tea at Government House with their patron Lady Cosgrove was a special treat for a group of people who make the concept of L’Arche Genesaret work so well. Founded by Swiss born Canadian Jean Vanier, philosopher, theologian, humanist and man of great compassion, the Canberra community of L’Arche residents are a happy and fulfilled group with varying degrees of intellectual abilities and overflowing with a love of life and for those who care for them in this world wide network of communities.

It is a special tradition established in 1987 for the Governor General’s spouse to be the patron of the organisation and Lady Cosgrove embraced it in her inimitable way as the current spouse, opening our favourite vice-regal residence for this annual afternoon tea and meet and greet, with, to the delight of all the invited, the Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove popping along for the occasion.

Meeting the residents over the years I have slowly learnt about them as individuals and was charmed by Catharine Carter who loves a photo opportunity with any one and especially her friends whose tale of her excursion to Parliament House to meet with Mal Brough and Jenny Macklin to thank them and discuss the NDIS. How proud she was, how humbling her excitement for this scheme. We must ensure it is comprehensively implemented.