Make our hearts so human,
That others may feel at home with us,
So like Yours ,
That others may feel at home with you,
So forgetful of self
that we might simply become the place
where You and they meet
In the power of Your Love and the joy of
In 1975, Fr Tom Shortall OMI established Rosies in Victoria in the seaside town of Rosebud.
In response to a large number of holidaying youth, he set up a coffee shop/drop in centre in a
parish house. The centre became an important youth outreach in the parish, and thus “Rosies” was
The focus of this outreach was based on the Oblates’ dedication to the marginalised: there was very
little in Rosebud for young people to do during the holiday season, and Fr Tom saw that these youth
had been abandoned by the community. From 1975 to 1984, Rosies ran during Summer in Rosebud, to
provide a safe environment for young people to celebrate and have fun.
In 1987, another Oblate priest, Fr Paul Costello OMI, started Rosies in
Queensland. Rosies took a van out at the Gold Coast during Schoolies Week, providing support and
friendship to school leavers. Volunteers provided tea and coffee and a friendly ear to young people,
and also provided a transport service to help keep young people safe while they celebrated. During
this time, Rosies came into contact with the local homeless population, and it was obvious to Fr
Paul that Rosies was needed all year round, not just during Schoolies Week.
Find out more about the Oblates of Mary Immaculate.
In 1990, Rosies operated as a series of full time teams. Each year, 12 young
people lived in community for a full year, serving the homeless and people going through the court
system. They lived and worked in a community at Dhalanbah on the Gold Coast.
As Rosies grew, expanding into Brisbane, this full time model was replaced by the model we use now,
with teams of part time volunteers giving up a few hours a month instead of a committing a full
year. Currently, we have volunteers from Cairns and Mareeba in the North, to the Gold Coast in the
South, Toowoomba in the West, and several locations in between. These volunteers operate street
vans, visit adult and youth prisons, provide support to people facing court, and run youth programs.
On his appointment as Governor-General of Australia, Rosies extended an invitation to Sir Peter to
deepen his ties with the organisation through vice-regal patronage. Sir Peter confirmed he wished to
continue his close association with Rosies, an organisation he once characterised as ‘compassion
with its sleeves rolled up’, and was formally elevated to Patron in Chief on May 7 with Mrs Forde
continuing as Patron.
Sir Peter was the Chief of the Australian Defence Force from 3 July 2002 until his retirement on 30
June 2005. He served in the Australian Army in a variety of roles in Australia and overseas after
entering Royal Military College of Duntroon in 1965.
One of his greatest achievements was his command of the international forces in East Timor from 1999
until the force was withdrawn in February 2000, for which Peter Cosgrove was appointed a Companion
of the Military Division of the Order of Australia.
He was awarded the Military Cross for his service in Vietnam early in his career and has received
several foreign awards including the Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) and
Commander of the United States Legion of Merit. Peter Cosgrove was Australian of the Year in 2001.
In October 2004, he launched the Rosies Tapestry Fund in commemoration of siblings Greg and Theresa
Jackson. ‘I have been a supporter of Rosies – Friends on the Street from its earlier days and I
continue to admire its work for young Australians at risk. I certainly wish volunteer
organisations such as Rosies – Friends on the Street all the very best in carrying out their
vital work with in our communities. God bless all at Rosies.’
In the following year she was accepted into the Haematology Department of the Royal Brisbane
Hospital. She changed career paths, and in 1970, graduated from the University of Queeensland with a
Bachelor of Laws.
She commenced work as a solicitor the following year at Deacons, Graham and James where she was
later accepted as a partner. She was the founding President of the Queensland Women Lawyers’
Association, and in 1974 she represented Queensland in the Australian Women Lawyers’ Association.
During the 1970s she was also a member of the Queensland Council for Civil Liberties. During the
next two decades Leneen held many and various illustrious positions within the legal profession.
From 1990 to 1992, Leneen became the International President of Zonta International and at the same
time convened the Queensland Women’s Consultative Council and chaired the Office of Economic
Development for the City of Brisbane.
In 1992, Leneen Forde was appointed Governor of Queensland, a position she held until 1997.
In 1993, she was awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia. (AC) In 1998, she was appointed
Chair of the Commission of Inquiry into the Abuse of Children in Queensland Institutions. Leneen was
the Chancellor of Griffith University until June 2015.
She has been Rosies’ patron since 1997. ‘That young people who are homeless know they will
always be welcomed and accepted at Rosies provides a very important sense of belonging.’
Our Board of Management who are elected at the Annual General Meeting each November, provide
Governance. Members of Rosies are able to vote and stand for membership of the Board.
University, a Master of Economics from The Australian National University, and Master of Science and Business
Administration from Stanford University. Peter has been involved with Rosies since 2013, as a team member and then
team leader for one of the Brisbane outreach at Emma Miller Place. He also volunteers at Emmanuel City Mission in
South Brisbane and is a member of its Advisory Board. His professional career involved senior commercial roles in
the resources industry and he has worked in Australia, PNG, USA and UK. After retiring from full time employment,
he held Chairman roles at two ASX listed companies.
Peter is a senior executive with over 20 years’ experience in large-scale commercial enterprises in
Australia and internationally. Peter is a CPA and holds a Masters of Management, Bachelor’s Degrees in
Commerce and Arts and is a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Fr Michael Twigg OMI – Oblate representative
Fr Michael grew up in Hemmant, Brisbane. He went to Guardian Angels and Iona College (oldboy) in Wynnum
before studying at Monash University (B of Theology, B of Arts, Dip Ed & Masters Ed Leadership). He
was ordained in December 1995 and became Rector of the Mazenod College in Victoria in 2010. He remained
in Victoria until he became Rector at Iona College.
Clare Burns – Director
Clare Burns has been a Rosies volunteer since commencing with our Cairns branch in 2012.
Clare continued volunteering after moving to Brisbane and also joined a Youth Detention
Centre (YDC) team. Clare has an extensive professional career. She is sessional academic
and is currently undertaking a PhD on organisational culture and corporate sustainability.
Colette McCool – Director
Colette is an experienced company director and strategic, influential and highly respected
senior executive. In addition to working in executive leadership roles in economic, social
and environmental portfolios, Colette has extensive experience in Board directorship and
community and task force leadership roles. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of
Matthew Lupi – Director
Assistant Director-General, Disability Accommodation, Respite and Forensic Services B.Sc.
(Psych); Grad Dip Soc Sci; Grad Cert Mgmt; GAICD
Matthew has worked in the social and human services in Queensland for over 25 years spending
the last 15 years with the Queensland Public Service. Matthew has held senior executive
roles since 2004 and has led significant reform in child safety and community services since
that time. Matthew is currently the Assistant Director-General, Disability Accommodation,
Respite and Forensic Services and is leading the service delivery of the state-wide
Accommodation Support and Respite Services as an NDIS service provider.
Wendy La Macchia – Minutes Secretary
Wendy has been a Rosie’s volunteer since 2015 and is an executive with 35 years of management experience across HR,
Finance, and IT and holds a Bachelor of Business.
She is currently the Business Manager and Registrar for a Queensland Justices Association a Not For Profit
organisation for Justices of the Peace with over 6,000 members in Queensland.
Rosies places our friends, patrons and many volunteers at the top of our organisational structure.
Our CEO leads Our people, including our State Office and Branch teams to provide support within our
Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers, without your tireless effort and commitment to community
there would be no Rosies.
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Beenleigh – Fay Blackshaw
Brisbane City – Sarah Corbett
Brisbane North – Gabby Gastaldin
Caboolture – Helen Mangano
Cairns – Werner & Gina Rossbach
Gold Coast North Surfers– Rosie
Gold Coast North Southport/Nerang –
Gold Coast South – Michelle Lavin
Ipswich – Barry Rienecker
Logan Central –
Mareeba – Dot Shea
Sunshine Coast – Carolyn Wilson
Toowoomba – Fay & Jim Stein
Wynnum Manly – Bruce Corrie &
Jayne Shallcross – CEO
Jayne is an experienced board member, with a strong focus on governance, strategy and risk
management, and significant experience as a senior executive in corporate and not-for-profit
sectors nationally and internationally. Jayne is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute
of Company Directors and holds an MBA and a Bachelors’ of Business (Finance and Economics).
Jayne is also Deputy Chair, Chair of the Risk Committee and member of the Finance Committee at
Duchesne College (UQ).
Volunteer & Outreach Manager – Jonathon Cowley
Financial Officer – Lee McKaskill
Office Manager – Nicole Stringer
Engagement & Fundraising Manager – Lacee Overton