Vale Patricia O'Donnell

    It was with great sadness that we learnt of Patricia O'Donnell's passing, who, following a serious illness, died peacefully on the evening of Tuesday 16 October 2018. 

    Patricia was a long-time advocate, generous supporter and dear friend to many within our organisation and the broader community. Patricia's contribution to the Abbotsford Convent Coalition and the Abbotsford Convent Foundation cannot be understated.

    Patricia originally became involved with the Convent in 1998 during the early days of the Abbotsford Convent Coalition (ACC). As the ACC argued its vision for an arts and cultural precinct, she was very active and influential. She was also a compelling spokesperson during the Ministerial Panel hearing in 1999.

    Patricia was an important sounding board for the ACF's founding CEO Maggie Maguire, as the organisation grappled with some of its early challenges. She brought her experience and knowledge of the hospitality industry to the inaugural Abbotsford Convent Foundation Board, as it made critical decisions about tenancies in the early days.

    Over the years, her input on hospitality and many other matters has been invaluable, culminating in the establishment of a high-profile hospitality reference group. She always took a radical and lateral approach to issues, ensuring rigour in our decision making process. Most importantly, she contributed to discussions and decision making processes with intelligence, creativity, immense logic and at times, her wicked sense of humour.

    Patricia was the daughter of Don and Maria O'Donnell, sister to Robin and Mietta (all dec). She leaves behind many friends in the Convent community and the broader arts and hospitality sectors, who benefited from her wisdom, generosity, opinions and enthusiasm over the years. She will be greatly missed.

    A funeral service for Patricia will be held at 11.00am on Thursday 25 October 2018 at the Sacred Heart church, on the corner of Pelham and Rathdowne Streets in Carlton. (Entry via Rathdowne Street, parking available at the Melbourne Museum, across the road). The Interment will be private.

    Victoria Marles
    Chair, Abbotsford Convent Foundation Board

    The Abbotsford Convent Foundation

    The Abbotsford Convent Foundation (ACF) is a company limited by guarantee formed and operating under the provisions of the Corporations Act. It is governed by a skills-based Board, responsible for strategic planning and long-term policy setting. The Board sets the vision and mission of the Abbotsford Convent Foundation and the Directors have the same responsibilities as any company director, so they must provide financial and fiduciary oversight and make sure that the ACF operates within all relevant laws. The Board appoints the Chief Executive Officer and evaluates the CEO’s performance.

    Business Plan 17/18 – 21/22

    In 2016, the ACF Board delivered a new Strategic Plan for the Convent, which provided the direction for the ACF’s Business Plan 17/18 – 21/22.

    This Business Plan details the ACF’s new vision and values, strategic priorities, our market, what we will do and the results we are seeking in the short and medium term.

    This is a key time of change for the ACF and the Convent. The ACF is moving into a new phase of its history. In its first years, the priority was to ‘prove the model’ by ‘surviving,’ followed by a period of achieving a base level of financial sustainability. Now that this goal has been achieved, the next phase in the Convent’s trajectory is focussed on restoring and activating the whole site. The ACF will operate in a more integrated and connected way, driving organisational and community outcomes through using our assets with more ambition, while remaining true to our social purpose and the expectations of our community and partners.

    Read the Business Plan 17/18 – 21/22 here.