Identitywa’s Tom Tranter Boardroom blessed
“It is appropriate that we should be celebrating the commitment of Tom Tranter today, the Feast Day of Saint Vincent de Paul, who pioneered service to vulnerable people.” Emeritus Archbishop Barry Hickey.
A life-long advocacy for the acceptance of children with disability into the sacramental life of the Church was celebrated when the Identitywa Boardroom was named the Tom Tranter Boardroom on Friday 27 September, 2019.
At a special gathering of Tom’s family, Identitywa Board members and staff, Emeritus Archbishop Barry Hickey led the blessing of the room and unveiled, with Tom’s wife, Fay, a framed history and photo display featuring the story of Tom and Fay’s work in establishing Identitywa (formerly known as Catholic Care).
It also includes photos of Tom, Fay and their daughter, Genevieve, who lives in an Identitywa shared home.
Emeritus Archbishop Hickey spoke about his relationship with Tom and the discussion within the Church in the 1970s about how people with disability should be included in the Church.
“It was Archbishop Goody, Fr Jim O’Brien and Bishop Healy who believed that it was no longer valid to be cautious and together they led a new understanding of including people with disability into parish life and the sacraments, “said the Archbishop.
Board Chair, Graeme Mander, shared with the gathering the significant contribution Tom and Fay had made in founding services for children with disability, and their active participation in the Catholic community in Western Australia.
“Our community was very saddened by the news of his passing in late 2017,” said Graeme. “I found him to be a gentle person with an unrelenting passion for the causes he believed in. Always with a smile on his face and a wonderful sense of humour, Tom was such good company and could always be relied upon to attend Identitywa events.”
“It was very pleasing to have a unanimous decision by the Board earlier this year when we sought to name our boardroom. We are truly grateful for the opportunity to remember Tom, and to continue to honour, his significant legacy through The Tom Tranter Boardroom,” said Graeme.
“Identitywa is forever appreciative of both Tom and Fay’s commitment to improving the lives of people with disabilities and their support of Identitywa. We look forward to many more years of Fay’s friendship and supporting Genevieve to live a happy and fulfilled life.”
Tom’s son, Matthew, spoke on behalf of the family, thanking Identitywa for the recognition of his father.
“We are very pleased that Dad’s efforts in bringing happiness to people with intellectual disability through integration with the Church have been acknowledged by Identitywa,” said Matthew.
“Dad spent a lot of time over the years in boardrooms so it seems very appropriate to have one named after him.”
CEO, Marina Re, thanked everyone for coming to the blessing.
“We are very grateful that Archbishop Hickey was able to do the blessing today as he shares in the history of Tom and Fay’s work,” said Marina.
“We will ensure that we uphold Tom’s values in the meetings we hold in this room.”