My first contact with the Dominican family occurred in 1960 when I joined St. James Catholic Secondary Modern School as a pupil and 50 years on I am still part of that caring, loving and inclusive family. The Dominican Sisters were responsible for my intellectual and spiritual development and afforded me the best possible start in life. Without that foundation and inculcation of the Dominican ethos my life would not have been enriched in the way it has been. Indeed, without that start in life I might so easily have lost direction and even my faith. I consider myself a Dominican at heart. Quite simply I am proud to be a member of that unique family.