Rev Dr Lynn Arnold AO – SMG Patron

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"I have been honoured to be asked to serve as a Patron of SMG.

Through close contact over a number of years with the SMG team, I have been able to observe them at work in schools and in the community.

I have always been impressed by their sense of calling, their passion for pastoral care and their belief in the capacity to make a difference in the lives of those under stress or anxiety.

The focus of SMG is on students and the work of its Pastoral Care Workers in schools for over twenty five years has been widely respected, as its continued growth attests; in addition, the wider communities in which SMG-supported schools are located have also benefited from the work of the SMG team.

In an age when there are so many negative threats and pressures in our school communities and the wider community, SMG is an important part in helping build resilience and self-confidence."

Rev Dr Lynn Arnold AO, former Member of the SA State Parliament, Minister of Education and Premier, served as SMG Chairperson from 2015 to 2017. He launched a new SMG program earlier this year ‘When Disaster Strikes’ providing Chaplaincy Services to children, young people and their families during disasters, emergencies and other critical incidents. 

Rev Dr Arnold was Chief Executive Officer of World Vision Australia from 1997 until 2003, and then appointed Regional Vice President of World Vision International for the Asia Pacific Region. In 2007 he was appointed as Chief Executive of Anglicare SA. In 2014 he was ordained priest by the Archbishop of Adelaide and currently serves as Assistant Priest at St Peter’s Cathedral in Adelaide.