2023 Hall of Fame
With record numbers in attendance, the 2023 Celebrating Our Stories Hall of Fame event provided an opportunity to foster aspiration for all in our community.
We formally recognised and celebrated the contributions of Salesian College Chadstone alumni who have achieved significant success in their chosen fields of service. Each who has challenged themselves to use their God given talents for further growth to achieve excellence in their pursuits and to serve the community.
As a College we congratulate 2023 Young Achiever Milad Juma, (Law – Class of 2013), whose passion for justice has transformed lives to make a difference in the lives of refugees.
We paid tribute to 2023 Hall of Fame inductee Stephen Greene (Class of 1997) who we recognise for his humility and service to community. To his family, we remember him as a hero who dedicated his life to service with the Metropolitan Firefighting Service and local sporting clubs within his community.
Congratulations Stephen. It was a privilege to have Stephen’s wife Briony and children Amy, Adam and Tom, and extended family represented on the evening.
As a College we also welcome into the Hall of Fame Sooshi Mango Trio, Joe Salanitri (Class of 1995), Carlo Salanitri (Class of 1999) and Andrew Manfre (Class 1995) for their outstanding success in performing arts and business to create laughter and bring joy to others. Congratulations to Joe, Carlo and Andrew.
Master of Ceremonies, Jo Stanley led the stage, connecting respectfully and entertainingly, our past students to our current day. This is who we are; this is our community. And we couldn’t be any prouder.
Hall of Fame Award
Initiated in 2007, our 50th Anniversary year, our Hall of Fame has seen the following past pupils inducted:
Frank Davis (1959) AFL Football
Archbishop Tim Costelloe SDB (1971) Religious Life
Associate Professor Peter Foley (1980) Medical Specialist
Dave Pignolet (1962) Church Life & Community Service
Fr Dennis Handley SDB (1967) Religious Life
Gerry Wood (1967) Australian Politics
Fr Bill Edwards SDB Religious Life
Mr John Stretch (1962) Defence Force & Community Service
Ms Debra Punton (1976) Education
Mr David Charles Australian Politics & The Film & Television Industry
Professor Mark Dawson (1992) Medical Research
Mr Philip Bretherton (1975) Education
Mr Andrew Wood (1996) Bravery & Community
Mr Michael Henry (1962) Sport and Business
Mr Bao Hoang (2000) Entrepreneur
Commodore Alan Thompson (1964) Legal Profession
Mr Brian William Ford (1964) Education & Community
Mr Gerard Rodrigues (1975) International Relations
Dr Primo Bentivegna (1985) Medicine
Mr Gino Gaspari (1985) Australian Federal Police
Mr Stephen Leane (1979) Law Enforcement
Fr John Petrulis (1976) Religious Life
Mr Chris Becker (1988) Economics
Mr Terry Lucas (1984) Business
Young Achiever Award
This initiative was designed to encourage, inspire and acknowledge the upcoming generation of Salesian men who have significantly contributed to the community, both during and after their time at the College.
Declan Crowe (Community)
Damian Menz (Business)