Mater Dei College honours the life of slain former student Felicity Park


Felicity’s mother Gail Park, Lisa Bowden, Felicity’s sister Angela Park and Mater Dei College’s Brian Morison.
Felicity’s mother Gail Park, Lisa Bowden, Felicity’s sister Angela Park and Mater Dei College’s Brian Morison.

ON March 2, 2003, Felicity Park was taken from this world.

In a tragic turn of events, her partner at the time murdered her, leaving family and friends with a hole in their hearts and lives that would never be filled.

Felicity was just 22 years old and in the early years of her career with WA Police.

Now, 13 years later, a few old school friends and her sister decided her high school, Mater Dei College, should have something in her honour.

The former students approached their art teacher from the ’90s and asked if she would complete a portrait painting of Felicity for the school to keep on permanent display.

Lisa Bowden did not hesitate.

The portrait is called She Finally Found Her Nirvana and was presented to the school at a small private function during the school’s annual Showcase Art and Design Exhibition in September.

“Felicity was a foundation year student at the college and according to those who knew her, art was one of her favourite subject areas,” head of visual art Brian Morison said.

“A few years ago the college established the Felicity Park Senior Art Award in her honour and it has been my privilege to maintain this annually.

“Over the years the award has become the most prestigious in the annual Showcase Art and Design Exhibition.

“Judged by our guest artists every year, the award recognises the art student who has displayed the most refined artistic skills.”