03 June 2019
(Community Recognition Statement, 9 May 2019, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
I acknowledge the service of Father Chris Jenkins, SJ, to St Canice Church and the local Kings Cross community over the past eight years. Father Chris has maintained a welcoming, inclusive and community-focused church, where my husband and I have attended Christmas mass.
Father Chris and St Canice have shown great leadership in supporting people who are homeless, as well as refugees and asylum seekers needing support. Its roof garden, which is maintained by refugees and asylum seekers, provides herbs and vegetables to local restaurants, including Billy Kwong. Father Chris will be missed as he moves on to his new posting in South Australia's Clare Valley. I see him most mornings while walking my dog as he begins his day at around 6.00 a.m. He always has a smile on his face and a commitment to support the local area and those in need.