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The John Wallis Foundation continues the work of the Missionary Sisters of Service supporting people and communities experiencing hardship and disadvantage. 

We are inspired by a world which demonstrates compassion, justice and love in equal measure to all.

The Foundation runs an annual Small Grants Program, a series of inspiring speakers events, and other activities to strengthen community relationships. 

The Foundation is named in honour of Father John Wallis, founder of the Missionary Sisters of Service.

The Board of the John Wallis Foundation

The John Wallis Foundation is governed by a dynamic team of women and men, committed to the vision and mission of the Foundation and of the Missionary Sisters of Service.   We introduce each of them on here.   


Joan Donoghue Chair

A connection with the Missionary Sisters of Service in a previous role and my admiration for the initiatives of the Sisters that benefit the disadvantaged in our society has opened up the opportunity to contribute to furthering this mission as a Member of the JWF Board.


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Martin Allen Director

The John Wallis Foundation offers me an opening to contribute my time and energy to support and develop  the ongoing mission of the Missionary Sisters of Service. 


Jeff Byrne Director

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Jeff has many years experience  in financial and economic management and on Government Boards. He also brings risk management and governance expertise to the JWF Board.


Amanda Freeman, Director

As the result of World Youth Day in Sydney in 2009, I was encouraged to help young people hold an important place in our society with their faith and help lead them onto their faith journey. Now with my connection with the John Wallis Foundation I hope I can inspire them with the charism of the Missionary Sisters of Service.


David Hickey, Director

A Rotary scholarship to India some years ago awakened my passion for meeting the needs of people on the fringes of society. The John Wallis Foundation gives me an opportunity for this to continue.




Brian Lennon, Director and Board Treasurer

I find it very satisfying working through the John Wallis Foundation to build on the long tradition of innovative and compassionate initiatives taken by the Sisters in such a variety of fields to assist those lacking support in regional and other areas. Inspiring people to be associated with!


Corrie van den Bosch MSS, Director

I am excited by the new life the John Wallis Foundation opens up for the mission of God entrusted to us, Missionary Sisters of Service. Membership of the Board gives me the opportunity to participate and contribute my gifts and energy to furthering this mission.


Bernadette Madden MSS, Director and Deputy Chair

John Wallis Foundation is an opportunity to continue the vision of John Wallis to reach out to those beyond.  It was this vision that inspired me some 30+ years ago to join the Missionary Sisters of Service. Today I see the Foundation Board as an on-going expression of the mission.

Bernadette Wallis MSS, Director

When the idea of the Foundation first bubbled to the surface, I remember the creative juices flowing with energy and hope for the future.  While the Foundation is now established, I still feel that same energy and that same hope as we work together as a Board  to fulfil its mission.  One of the satisfying aspects for me is  working with Board members and people associated with the Foundation, who hold strong social values and bring an interest and joy from different walks of life.  The work we do is not a chore;  it is a choice.   

Patrons of the Foundation

When inviting people to become patrons of the John Wallis Foundation, the Board looked for people of some standing in the community, who share the vision and passion for mission of the Missionary Sisters of Service and the Foundation.  We currently have three patrons with the recent acceptance by Toowoomba businesswoman and community leader Mary Wagner, who has agreed to our invitation to join Clare McShane and Bishop Pat Power as our patrons. Let us introduce them to you:

Mary Wagner, Patron

Mary Wagner is well known in the Toowoomba community and far beyond as a woman of compassion and integrity, who has influenced and led many initiatives across the business and community sectors of Toowoomba. Mary has received numerous accolades for her contributions in this regard. For Mary, family is the number one priority in her life and she credits many of her life achievements to her commitment to family.

      Mary Wagner

     Mary Wagner

Mary grew up on a dairy farm where her parents sacrificed much to send her to school in Warwick and then to boarding school in Brisbane. This commitment to education saw Mary undertake the same sacrifices when she and her husband raised their eight children. Mary returned to nursing when her youngest child was four years old and worked night duty for thirteen years.

In 1986 Mary and her husband Henry set up the Wagner Company. It has grown from a company of six employees to over 900 staff in Queensland and globally. 

Mary continues to give much to the Toowoomba community and always encourages others to fulfill their potential. "Never take for granted the importance of your role in making the world a better place. Never stop asking how you can contribute meaningfully, to achieve a higher standard of excellence". 

Pat Power, Patron

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     Bishop Pat Power

People, especially those on the margins have always been at the heart of Pat’s life as priest and auxiliary bishop of Canberra-Goulburn.  In 2012 Pat “retired” from his work as bishop in order to be more available to people who are struggling in one way or another.   He is a strong spokesperson about concerns that are also close to the heart of the Foundation: social justice, the environment, ecumenism, inter-faith and inter-cultural relations, and the way these impact on people’s lives. 

When asked to express why he accepted the invitation to become a patron of the Foundation, Pat wrote:

“I share the same great love for the priesthood as Fr John Wallis whom I was privileged to know. Even though I have not had a lot of first-hand experience of the Missionary Sisters of Service I have greatly admired the way they are  so much part of the lives, the faith,  and the joys, hopes and struggles of the people they so generously serve.”


 Clare McShane

Clare McShane

Clare McShane, Patron 

Clare is a woman of vision and energy, who conceived and developed a successful business creating wool products from the family's fine merino wool property. She is recognised widely for her business and community contributions. Clare was  born in Sydney and moved to Tasmania with her family when she was 17 years old. She attended Conservatory of Music High School in Sydney then St Michael’s Collegiate school in Hobart before obtaining her Diploma of Teaching and Tasmanian Teachers Certificate. Clare was posted to Oatlands as a young teacher,  where she met and married local grazier Allan McShane.  They settled at Casaveen, a property grazing 11,000 sheep at Lemont.  Clare and Allan have five sons. Read more. 



Liz McAloon, JWF Executive Officer
It’s great to be part of the team at the John Wallis Foundation.  I enjoy building on the considerable work already undertaken within the Foundation. I’ve always gravitated towards work with a real focus on people and empowerment, and  I particularly enjoy working with communities in rural and regional areas. It's challenging and exciting working towards creating a  sustainable foundation into the future.

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