Bernie Mullen


Bernie (Bernadette) Mullen was born in Serowe, Botswana in 1945. She lived with her parents, Dorothy and Hugh Flattery and her sisters in a small village called Palapye. She experienced her first years of schooling in that village and later lived in Johannesburg.

She was educated by the Sisters of Mercy and later, by the Sisters of Notre Dame. She became a Sister of Notre Dame in 1962 and left in 1970. She met and married her husband, Peter Mullen (Mully) in 1974. Bernie and her husband returned to Botswana in 1978 where she taught at Thornhill School and at Kopano Primary School in Selebi¬Phikwe. Bernie later became the Principal of Thornhill School. She left Botswana and returned to South Africa in 1992 where she became the Deputy Director of the Catholic Institute of Education and later the Principal of St Martin de Porres Primary School in Soweto.

After some time freelancing as a development facilitator, Bernie became ill with cancer. She has recovered and now works for the Salesians of Don Bosco and the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians. She is the development facilitator in the establishment of a skills training centre for young, disadvantaged people who cannot complete their education in mainstream educational systems. She lives with her husband in Walkerville, south of Johannesburg.

Bernie Mullen
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