I am a proud Weilwan/Kamilaroi woman from Central/Western NSW, a small country town called Gilgandra. I am an Aboriginal woman who is proud of my cultural heritage and the voluminous things I have achieved in my life on a personal and professional level.
I have worked with Centrelink (now known as Department of Human Services) for over 10 years where I was fortunate to travel Australia delivering many Government services to her people. Working in Policy has always been a passion of mine as I believes this level of understanding has been my greatest asset in all positions I have held within my professional career. As I have said “if I can understand Policy this will give me the ability to transfer the knowledge to my people to ensure they receive the right information, at the right time, for the best interest of our children, young people, Elders and our communities”.
I have worked in many positions from Deputy Regional Manager with Aboriginal Hostels Limited (AHL), Program Manager/ Student Support Officer at Tranby Aboriginal College, Program Manager/Acting CEO with Link-Up (NSW) Aboriginal Corporation & Aboriginal Program Manager with Juvenile Justice to name a few. I have found each position to be rewarding and I am very thankful for the many friendships and relationships I have developed over the past 20 years.
I have previously held Directorship positions with Tranby Aboriginal Corporation and for the past year. I have held the Chairperson position with Yenu Allowah Aboriginal Corporation in Mount Druitt NSW. Director roles are voluntary positions therefore many hours are spent approving financials, providing strategic directions, ensuring compliance is met and understood and I can honestly say these positions have provided me with a greater understanding and appreciation of those who have come before me and pathed the way, thankyou!
I have many qualifications from an Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management to a Diploma of Counselling however I have also undertaking an Organisational Leadership Program for Aboriginal Managers and Team Leaders and I will continue to educate and upskill my knowledge and expertise to provide leadership of the highest to all roles I may hold in the future with Yenu Allowah Aboriginal Corporation.
I will continue to advocate for Yenu Allowah Aboriginal Child & Family Centre staff, children, families and the Aboriginal community of Mt Druitt to ensure our children grow healthy and strong within our community, in our culture and connection to country. I am a visitor of Mount Druitt even though I have lived here for the past 18 years however Mount Druitt is my home and Yenu Allowah Aboriginal Child & Family Centre is my family.
Yenu is always looking for new members to build our governance capacity and capabilities therefore please contact our service and request a membership form today as our service is our community’s future. Lastly, I want to share my quote with you that I live by and it is ‘Life will throw us curveballs and it is how we navigate through or around these that will make us stronger. We need to ensure we surround ourselves with people who have the same ethical standards as our own and together we can achieve anything’.
1 Luxford Road
Mt Druitt NSW 2770
(02) 8805 4800