Chaplain provides guiding support to students and staff
Published on 25 March, 2013
CQUniversity Mackay has welcomed the campus' first multi-faith chaplain, in an effort to ensure students are better supported in their learning journey.
Reverend Renier Van Der Klashorst (better known as ‘Reno' among the students) will spend two days each week looking after the spiritual and emotional needs of students and staff.
CQUniversity Mackay's new Chaplain Reverend Renier Van Der Klashorst, with Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic & Research) Professor Hilary Winchester and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Community & Engagement) and head of Mackay campus, Professor Pierre Viljoen. "My services are not aimed at a particular religion. Anyone is welcome," Reno says.
"As Chaplain, I respect the religious reality of any person that I meet."
Reno has already immersed himself into university life, taking part in many of the Orientation Week activities and meeting with new students.
CQUniversity Mackay's Head of Campus and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Community & Engagement) Professor Pierre Viljoen said he is pleased to welcome Reno, who will be part of the Student Support Services team.
"CQUniversity is an open University which accepts students from all walks of life," Prof Viljoen says.
"Renier will serve an important role in supporting students and staff at CQUniversity Mackay."
Reno is also working part-time as district coordinator for the Scripture Union, ensuring that State schools in Mackay, and their chaplains, are resourced with programs that fit the needs of the school.
Formerly from Pretoria in South Africa, Reno, his wife Marguerite and three children spent five years in Perth before moving to Mackay.
Reno works Monday and Friday at the University and students are free to make appointments between 10am and 12.30pm on Mondays.