The Honour Roll recognises past State and
Territory and National Award recipients
2019 NSW Local Hero Nominee
Ms Mary Jo McVeighState: New South Wales
For over 20 years, Mary Jo McVeigh has dedicated her life to helping children overcome abuse and reach their full potential. As a trained trauma therapist, founder and CEO of Cara House and CaraCare, she provides a safe place and innovative programs to help abused children and adults to heal.
For over 20 years, Mary Jo McVeigh has dedicated her life to helping children overcome abuse – and reach their full potential. A trained trauma therapist, Mary Jo believes that abused young people have creative sparks that can help them heal – waiting to be ignited by those who care.
In 1998, she founded Cara House to provide a safe place for children and adults suffering from trauma. The first centre of its kind in Sydney, Cara House combines creative and traditional therapies, to heal mind, body, heart and spirit. Cara House also provides coaching to teams and individuals working in child services.
In 2014, Mary Jo also established CaraCare, a grass-roots charity providing programs to help abused children and adolescents, through the healing potential of group activities.
Mary Jo's expertise has been sought by conferences and panels including the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and she is the author of several books about child trauma.