Yalari https://www.yalari.org Educating and Empowering Indigenous Children Fri, 31 Jul 2020 01:21:05 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 Every ticket counts… A partnership between Yalari & Humanitix https://www.yalari.org/every-ticket-counts-a-partnership-between-yalari-humanitix/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=every-ticket-counts-a-partnership-between-yalari-humanitix Thu, 23 Jul 2020 06:34:51 +0000 https://www.yalari.org/?p=213760 The post Every ticket counts… A partnership between Yalari & Humanitix appeared first on Yalari.

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Humanitix is the not-for-profit ticketing platform that gives events impact. They make event management a breeze and give 100% of the profits from booking fees to education projects, including Yalari.

As an event organiser, there’s no better feeling than to announce in your marketing material or at your event that you’ve helped fund someone’s education. It’s why hundreds of schools across Australia and New Zealand now exclusively use Humanitix.

The idea for Humanitix was hatched in 2015 on the rooftop of a burnt-out building in Sri Lanka, where co-founders Adam McCurdie and Josh Ross were camping. That night they made a pact and danced around the campfire – they would make this work. On returning to Sydney, Adam quit his job as a consultant, while Josh shared half his salary. Together they worked day, night and all weekend to build what is now the world’s fastest-growing ticketing platform.

Humanitix powers thousands of events, from the Australian Parliament House to International Women’s Day to the Manly Inflatable Boat race. Along the way, Humanitix has won the support of the Google and Atlassian Foundations, as well as ambassadors like John Eales.

“I love that Humanitix supports Indigenous Education, as I feel we need to embrace our heritage to ensure we are a proud, kind and caring society,” says Eales, who’s as delighted at being a Humanitix ambassador as he is at being a Wallabies Rugby legend.

The partnership between Humanitix and Yalari has also gone from strength to strength. From using the service for our fundraising dinners and events, to promoting the platform among our partner schools, it has been an incredible journey so far. Five of Yalari’s partner schools are now using Humanitix with discussions underway with several more.

Humanitix offers special rates for schools which means it doesn’t cost any more to support Yalari via your event ticket sales.

“It’s so exciting to see the impact grow,” says Josh. “Our event organisers are often surprised to hear that our fees are lower than other platforms. It doesn’t cost any extra for their event to have an incredible impact.”

To find out more about how your school, business or organisation can use Humanitix for your events and contribute to positive education outcomes, please visit www.humanitix.com.

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Yalari Supporter, Dan Pittorino Has Done it Again! https://www.yalari.org/yalari-supporter-dan-pittorino-has-done-it-again/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=yalari-supporter-dan-pittorino-has-done-it-again Wed, 08 Jul 2020 00:48:27 +0000 https://www.yalari.org/?p=213662 The post Yalari Supporter, Dan Pittorino Has Done it Again! appeared first on Yalari.

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Dan’s our man!

From running a marathon through the Moroccan desert in 2017 to hosting Yalari information evenings in the middle of London, Dan never has Yalari far from his heart.

“So, due to the lock-down, there is no dinner to attend nor any wild race on the calendar to compete in, to garner support for Yalari”, Dan wrote in an email to his friends and colleagues.

“You might remember two Indigenous boys I had spoken about for 5 or 6 years. They have both graduated from Riverview and are off making a success of themselves in their chosen fields,” he continues. “Now, excitingly, there is a lovely young Indigenous girl who has started on a Yalari scholarship inSydney, at Kambala, who could use our support.”

Dan encouraged his network of friends to sponsor him per kilometre as he jogged up a total of 65.5km, and raised nearly $2,000.

A huge thank you to Dan and your troop of fabulous supporters.What a wonderful gesture of your ongoing commitment to educating and empowering Indigenous children.

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Jodene Garstone
Class of 2016 | Geelong Grammar School

Right now, I am in my final year of my Arts degree majoring in Peace and Conflict Studies. I have plans to continue studying in Canberra. I have applied and I am just waiting to hear back from the university.

This semester I started interning with Linda Burney as part of The Australian National Internship Program. It was just an amazing experience to get to know the ins-and-outs of parliament and to sit in on meetings, especially since the country has been in crisis management mode since Christmas with the fires and now COVID-19. It has given me anew perspective on the Australian Government and politics in general which has been an in valuable learning experience. Unfortunately, because of Coronavirus, my placement was cut short however I am still completing my 8,000-word research report for her from home.

I have flourished so much more since going to ANU and there were so many times that I just wanted to give up, but I have learnt that the longer you stay and the harder you try the more you are rewarded

Tye Bedford
Class of 2017
St Peter’s College, Adelaide

The past year I have been in Halls Creek working at the local high school. I decided to then move back to Adelaide at the start of this year 2020 to play Aussie rules. I have been doing pre-season training for the last couple of months in Adelaide but since the coronavirus pandemic shut down all sports,I made the decision to fly back home to Halls Creek. Once the Western Australia border reopens, I’ll be going back to Adelaide as soon as possible

Tye Bedford
Class of 2017
St Peter’s College, Adelaide

The past year I have been in Halls Creek working at the local high school. I decided to then move back to Adelaide at the start of this year 2020 to play Aussie rules. I have been doing pre-season training for the last couple of months in Adelaide but since the coronavirus pandemic shut down all sports,I made the decision to fly back home to Halls Creek. Once the Western Australia border reopens, I’ll be going back to Adelaide as soon as possible

Jamie Sampson
Class of 2011 | Farrer Memorial Ag School

I am currently relieving in the Aboriginal Community Liaison Officer role for School Services based at the Moree, NSW office. My substantive role is the Aboriginal Education Officer at Moree Secondary College. I also work full time as a Drug and Alcohol Worker at the Moree Aboriginal Residential Rehabilitation Service. I love both of my roles as I get to work with the future leaders of our community and also support our mob battling with trauma and addiction.

Georgia Bayles
Class of 2016 | Rockhampton Grammar School

I am currently studying Enrolled Nursing at CQU in Rockhampton. While studying I have a job out in the mines at Saraji – Dysart QLD driving dump trucks. It is something completely different to what I would normally do and I’m loving every bit of it!

Georgia Bayles
Class of 2016 | Rockhampton Grammar School

I am currently studying Enrolled Nursing at CQU in Rockhampton. While studying I have a job out in the mines at Saraji – Dysart QLD driving dump trucks. It is something completely different to what I would normally do and I’m loving every bit of it!

Mahlia Peachey
Class of 2015 | Abbotsleigh

I have just returned to work as a Health Informatics Officer (data) at the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service after 7 months maternity leave. As challenging as it can be, motherhood has been the most amazing experience. I have also started studying at Monash University with the goal of becoming a doctor. I’m still deciding what I would like to specialise in.

Elizabeth Mahon
Class of 2015 | The Glennie School

The Aboriginal Medical Service that I work in (GP Clinic), has been tirelessly working through Coronavirus. Like many other clinics, we have implemented telephone consults, car park reviews and drive through flu clinics. The number of influenza immunisations that have been given in the past month has definitely exceeded last year’s figure, and it’s still rising. We are continuing to provide ongoing services to the Indigenous community to ensure they are well looked after in addition to Coronavirus.

On another note, I am able to see the finish line with my nursing degree as my last two placements have been allocated. Like most alumni and students (I’m assuming), the transition to completing studies online was tricky and hard to understand at first, but it’s now become easier.

This current period is a very trying and stressful time, however, we’re very resilient people and I continue to applaud everyone for their individual and collective efforts to persevere through.

Elizabeth Mahon
Class of 2015 | The Glennie School

The Aboriginal Medical Service that I work in (GP Clinic), has been tirelessly working through Coronavirus. Like many other clinics, we have implemented telephone consults, car park reviews and drive through flu clinics. The number of influenza immunisations that have been given in the past month has definitely exceeded last year’s figure, and it’s still rising. We are continuing to provide ongoing services to the Indigenous community to ensure they are well looked after in addition to Coronavirus.

On another note, I am able to see the finish line with my nursing degree as my last two placements have been allocated. Like most alumni and students (I’m assuming), the transition to completing studies online was tricky and hard to understand at first, but it’s now become easier.

This current period is a very trying and stressful time, however, we’re very resilient people and I continue to applaud everyone for their individual and collective efforts to persevere through.

Todd Ellis
Class of 2013 | Toowoomba Grammar School

I am currently working for the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment in the Crown Land area. We have not been too affected at the moment just working from home, which I am personally a huge fan of! Also, part of the job is a completion of a Certificate III in Business which has also continued through COVID-19. The time at home has been great with lots of lunchtime dog walks!

Mitch Whiteley
Class of 2012 | St Ignatius’ College, Riverview

I’m currently working as an executive in the JLL Western Sydney Industrial team. I seek to add value by providing the highest level of service, as well as creating effective and innovative strategies to achieve optimum results for my clients, working in divestment and leasing of industrial assets within Western Sydney.

In terms of face-to-face meetings and inspections within our market during the Covid-19 period, we have new processes to stay safe and social distance ourselves from others with a number of precautions taken to ensure our safety whilst at work. For example, JLL has a week A and week B team rotation to be physically present in the office which has brought some challenges, however it has also allowed me to go home to Geurie, NSW and enjoy some family time that I usually wouldn’t have during this time of the year; and for that I’m very grateful.

To the rest of the Yalari family out there, stay safe during this uncertain time and hopefully we can catch up very soon.

Mitch Whiteley
Class of 2012 | St Ignatius’ College, Riverview

I’m currently working as an executive in the JLL Western Sydney Industrial team. I seek to add value by providing the highest level of service, as well as creating effective and innovative strategies to achieve optimum results for my clients, working in divestment and leasing of industrial assets within Western Sydney.

In terms of face-to-face meetings and inspections within our market during the Covid-19 period, we have new processes to stay safe and social distance ourselves from others with a number of precautions taken to ensure our safety whilst at work. For example, JLL has a week A and week B team rotation to be physically present in the office which has brought some challenges, however it has also allowed me to go home to Geurie, NSW and enjoy some family time that I usually wouldn’t have during this time of the year; and for that I’m very grateful.

To the rest of the Yalari family out there, stay safe during this uncertain time and hopefully we can catch up very soon.

Jamika Kelly-Wirth
Class of 2018
The Glennie School/PLC Armidale

I am studying my Bachelor of Nursing at ACU in Sydney. I am also working as an Aboriginal Health Worker at Hornsby Hospital, where I look after the immunisation register for Indigenous kids. My work day consists of liaising with parents, doctors and the Australian Government. I have also been working casually as an assistant nurse and have helped during the Covid-19 crisis.

Molly Trindall
Class of 2018 | Presbyterian Ladies College, Armidale

I am currently living in Toowoomba, working for one of the biggest food processing companies, JBS Australia. I am working at their Toowoomba feedlot, called Beef City Feedlot. We also have our own abattoir on site. My role is part of the animal health and welfare team; our days can be as boring as you could think and as busy and exciting as anything.

We all have a minimum of three horses for work and we ride every pen of cattle every single day for our eight-day shift. We pull out sick or injured cattle and once all this is done, we put them through our “hospital” shed and they all get treated and transferred into hospital pens. I feel as though this is a very different industry than what many of my fellow Yalari friends have gotten into but it’s an industry I love. I am also studying a Bachelor of Agricultural Management and Production through the University of New England. It is a bit of a struggle keeping up with a full-time job and studying but it’s worth it.

On top of all that I am training a few of my own horses and have a few (too many!) client horses too, but training is my passion and I love doing it everyday

Molly Trindall
Class of 2018 | Presbyterian Ladies College, Armidale

I am currently living in Toowoomba, working for one of the biggest food processing companies, JBS Australia. I am working at their Toowoomba feedlot, called Beef City Feedlot. We also have our own abattoir on site. My role is part of the animal health and welfare team; our days can be as boring as you could think and as busy and exciting as anything.

We all have a minimum of three horses for work and we ride every pen of cattle every single day for our eight-day shift. We pull out sick or injured cattle and once all this is done, we put them through our “hospital” shed and they all get treated and transferred into hospital pens. I feel as though this is a very different industry than what many of my fellow Yalari friends have gotten into but it’s an industry I love. I am also studying a Bachelor of Agricultural Management and Production through the University of New England. It is a bit of a struggle keeping up with a full-time job and studying but it’s worth it.

On top of all that I am training a few of my own horses and have a few (too many!) client horses too, but training is my passion and I love doing it everyday

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Supporting Our Students In a Changing World https://www.yalari.org/supporting-our-students-in-a-changing-world/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=supporting-our-students-in-a-changing-world Wed, 24 Jun 2020 06:40:45 +0000 https://www.yalari.org/?p=213473 The post Supporting Our Students In a Changing World appeared first on Yalari.

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Yalari Student Support Manager, Gary O’Brien explains how the team is overcoming recent challenges with positive effect.

The student support team have been a significant part of Yalari since it began in 2006 with three students at Toowoomba Grammar School and The Glennie School. Founding husband and wife team Waverley and Llew quickly became ‘uncle and aunty’ to those first few students and as the student numbers steadily increased, so has the student support team.

I came along in 2011 as the Student Support Officer (SSO) for Sydney and discovered something incredibly special about Yalari. I was invited to participate in the Year 9 boys Outback Camp that year and remember being amazed at the level of connectedness amongst the boys from different towns and communities across Australia. Sitting around the campfire with our students as they yarned about culture, their home lives, experiences at boarding school and dreams for the future, I sensed the students felt safe, felt heard and relished the fact others around them were on similar journeys. Any adult that’s attended one of these camps feels as if they have received an education themselves. It’s been the same with every Yalari camp that I’ve attended since. Inevitable nerves and the sometimes-awkward hellos from the students quickly give way to a camaraderie that is usually reserved for families. And of course, Waverley and Llew are still around and remain uncle and aunty to a student cohort now larger than 200, with 350 alumni.

After doing a few different things at Yalari I now find myself in the position of Student Support Manager. What a privilege it is to lead a team, now topping 15 staff across Australia, as they continue to support students in the same way it’s always been at Yalari: with compassion, openness, respect, resilience, inclusiveness and excellence.

These are the core values we live by at Yalari and the same core values we see in our students every single day. Every child is unique, as is their story and journey. The highs and lows each of them face, the triumphs and tears, the homesickness, the academic prowess, the sporting achievements – our Support Officers see it all. And in being there alongside students physically, emotionally, mentally and academically our SSO’s will all tell you they have learnt as much from students as students have learnt from them.

In these unusual times, although the methods may have changed, the level of support has not. I’ve particularly enjoyed watching (and occasionally zoom-bombing) video conference calls SSO’s have arranged with students who are learning from home. Physical distance, it seems, has not broken the strong bonds formed over time. Now perhaps more than ever, the team play a vital role in working closely with students, parents, and partner school staff to ensure the education of our Indigenous children from regional, rural and remote communities is as much of a reality as it’s always been.

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Lachie Toovey Bound for Princeton https://www.yalari.org/lachie-toovey-bound-for-princeton/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=lachie-toovey-bound-for-princeton Tue, 16 Jun 2020 01:36:00 +0000 https://www.yalari.org/?p=213326 The post Lachie Toovey Bound for Princeton appeared first on Yalari.

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Yalari alumnus and Churchie old boy Lachlan Toovey has recently been accepted to study at Princeton University, Princeton New Jersey.

Original article from https://churchieoldboys.com.au/bound-for-princeton
“At the Queensland Certificate (QCE) Achievement Awards earlier this year, Old Boy Lachlan Toovey (2019) was recognised as one of the state’s top academic achievers. Being awarded the Highest Achievement by an Aboriginal Student or Torres Strait Islander Student is testament to Lachlan’s hard work and excellent academic results. A proud Yalari student who attended Churchie as a boarder, Lachlan made the most of his education at Churchie both in the academic and co-curricular realms. He achieved an OP1 and represented the school with distinction in the First VIII rowing and Second V basketball teams, as well as securing a position in the Schoolboys Division 1 State Rowing Team.

Lachlan was accepted into a Bachelor of Engineering and Commerce at The University of Queensland. In further recognition of his tremendous commitment and achievements, he was recently accepted to Princeton University and after making quick contact with their rowing coaches was asked to join the Princeton Rowing Crew. Lachlan says he is already looking forward to heading over and making some boats move fast.

Inspired by the sacrifices of his family, along with the support he received from Yalari and Churchie, on reflection Lachlan says: “Entering boarding was a turning point in my life and would not have this opportunity today without it.” Ultimately, Lachlan plans to return to his hometown of Dubbo in New South Wales to support his community as a qualified engineer.”

This is an outstanding achievement congratulations Lachlan. We wish you all the best in your future studies and we know you will make us all proud!

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A Message From Llew Mullins https://www.yalari.org/a-message-from-llew-mullins/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=a-message-from-llew-mullins Fri, 12 Jun 2020 02:49:49 +0000 https://www.yalari.org/?p=213307 The post A Message From Llew Mullins appeared first on Yalari.

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My hope for today, all around the world, is that people can speak up, others will listen, judgment is pushed to the side and people feel respected and understood.

However, I know there is pain as people walk the streets today and that the fear and anger is palpable from generations of trauma and abuse.

I’m a white woman in Australia who is married to an Aboriginal man, has Aboriginal children and grandchildren, works with Torres Strait Islander, Aboriginal and white people in an organization that supports Indigenous children’s education, Yalari, (child, in Birra Gubba language).

Black lives matter every day at Yalari. They are the lives of Indigenous children that we care for with enormous responsibility, humility and with respect. You see, these children are strengthened by their family’s culture, educated at the schools of their choice, and ultimately will have the opportunity to lead our country to be a land of honesty and equality.

What am I doing today? What is my husband doing today? What does a black and white couple do on a day like today?
We go to work.

Waverley left yesterday to travel over 3000 km throughout Queensland to interview 10 children and their families for Yalari scholarship places next year. All up (and when the state borders open) we’ll interview about 90 families over the next few months Australia wide for 50 scholarships in 2021.

And I just interviewed a little one in our office who tells me with pride about her Aboriginal grandmother who is a police officer. She will work today where people are protesting, wearing her uniform with a face mask over her mouth and nose (for safety against COVID-19) painted as the Aboriginal flag.

Do what you need to do today. Be careful, be kind and watch over one another.

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Mabo Day at Yalari https://www.yalari.org/mabo-day-at-yalari/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mabo-day-at-yalari Fri, 05 Jun 2020 04:30:27 +0000 https://www.yalari.org/?p=213164 The post Mabo Day at Yalari appeared first on Yalari.

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Today at Yalari we celebrate Mabo day. June the 3rd is Mabo Day and commemorates the courageous efforts of Eddie Koiki Mabo to overturn the fiction of terra nullius (land belonging to no-one), the legal concept that Australia and the Torres Strait Islands were not owned by Indigenous peoples because they did not ‘use’ the land in ways Europeans believed constituted some kind of legal possession.

Koiki Mabo and his legal team fought hard to demonstrate that he and his people had traditional land ownership systems on Mer. The case went to the High Court. Unfortunately Eddie Mabo died 5 months before the historic decision came on 3 June 1992 that ‘native title’ did exist and it was up to the people of Mer to determine who owned the land.

To celebrate Mabo Day and the end of Reconciliation Week we held a staff lunch with a Torres Strait Islander style meal cooked by our very own staff member Michael. Most of the Yalari staff are back in the office this week.

Happy Mabo Day!

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Reconciliation Week https://www.yalari.org/reconciliation-week/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=reconciliation-week Wed, 27 May 2020 06:33:12 +0000 https://www.yalari.org/?p=213039 The post Reconciliation Week appeared first on Yalari.

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This week is National Reconciliation Week 2020. National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The theme this year is – In this together – which is now resonating in ways we could not have foreseen when we announced it last year, but it reminds us whether in a crisis or in reconciliation we are all #InThisTogether.

For more information please visit the Reconciliation Australia website.

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National Volunteer Week https://www.yalari.org/national-volunteer-week/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=national-volunteer-week Fri, 22 May 2020 00:06:00 +0000 https://www.yalari.org/?p=212920 The post National Volunteer Week appeared first on Yalari.

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This National Volunteer Week we take the opportunity to say ‘THANK YOU’ to the many wonderful and generous volunteers we have at Yalari. This year’s theme is ““Changing Communities. Changing Lives” which is at the heart of everything we do as an organisation.

Over the last few months we have missed seeing our volunteers in the office and we cannot wait to see their friendly faces again soon. Due to the current coronavirus situation at this stage we are still unsure on whether our 2020 Yalari Dinners will go ahead, but we are very grateful for all of our previous dinner volunteers and we hope to see you again at our dinners at the end of the year.

To all of our volunteers, past and present, we love you and appreciate everything you have done to help our children be the best they can be.

If you would like to read more about volunteering at Yalari please click here.

Recently, Yalari alumna Kaleishia Ross (class of 2014) started work at Headspace in Katherine as the Aboriginal Wellbeing Worker.
Below is a message written by Kaleisha explaining her new role, and it’s importance in the community.

“Hey Everyone, my name is Kaleishia Ross. I am from and live in Katherine in the Northern Territory. In 2010 I was awarded the Rosemary Bishop Scholarship; I have graduated in 2014 at Scotch College in Adelaide.

I currently work at headspace in Katherine and I am the Aboriginal Wellbeing Worker. Headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation that provides early intervention to young people between 12 and 25 years. The service covers 4 core areas: mental health, physical health, work and study support and alcohol and other drugs.

My role is to provide responsive and culturally appropriate and safe support to young Aboriginal people experiencing difficulties in access to mental health care. Including the consideration of mental health difficulties, social, intergenerational trauma, alcohol and drug issues and engagement in education or employment, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. I am required to assist with referrals and engagements with private providers at headspace Katherine.

I love that I have been given this opportunity to further my skills and to expand my understanding and knowledge on mental health and encouraging my people with the stigma of mental health and issues we as Aboriginal people face.

I maintain a healthy headspace by being active and playing a range of sports, keeping connected to my family, friends and culture. And taking the time to balance work, sleep and being a mum.”

It is currently Mental Awareness Month, and it’s amazing to see a Yalari alumna in such an important role, helping towards this cause and giving back to community.

If you would like further information about Headspace and the work they do please visit: https://headspace.org.au/.

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Rona Glynn-McDonald named as finalist in Women’s Weekly’s “Women of the Future”. https://www.yalari.org/rona-glynn-mcdonald-named-as-finalist-in-womens-weeklys-women-of-the-future/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rona-glynn-mcdonald-named-as-finalist-in-womens-weeklys-women-of-the-future Wed, 01 Apr 2020 02:11:38 +0000 https://yalari.org/?p=212597 The post Rona Glynn-McDonald named as finalist in Women’s Weekly’s “Women of the Future”. appeared first on Yalari.

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Each year, The Weekly runs a competition inviting young successful women around Australia to nominate themselves and their work.
This year Rona Glynn-McDonald, past Yalair scholar is a finalist in the community, health and charity category.

Rona is the founder of Common Ground, a not-for-profit that records and shares First Nations cultures. She’s inspired by her grandmother, Freda Glynn, a formidable leader, media pioneer and powerful voice for Aboriginal people. “I’ve been guided by incredible women throughout my life,” Rona says.
As a proud Kaytetye woman, Rona’s also driven by a passion to provide for disadvantaged Indigenous young people and communities impacted by social exclusion.

“Common Ground was born out of the idea we needed to create the space for all Australians to learn about First Nations experiences,” Rona says.
Since Common Ground started a year ago, more than 120,000 people have used the online resource. Common Ground recently completed a national campaign, The First Nations Bedtime Stories Challenge, in which they shared five short films from Central Australia, told in local languages.
She hopes to use the Women of the Future bursary to connect with Indigenous people in Australia and globally. “My dream,” she says, “is to create an Australia that celebrates and embraces our First Peoples.”

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Recently, Yalari alumna Kaleishia Ross (class of 2014) started work at Headspace in Katherine as the Aboriginal Wellbeing Worker.
Below is a message written by Kaleisha explaining her new role, and it’s importance in the community.

“Hey Everyone, my name is Kaleishia Ross. I am from and live in Katherine in the Northern Territory. In 2010 I was awarded the Rosemary Bishop Scholarship; I have graduated in 2014 at Scotch College in Adelaide.

I currently work at headspace in Katherine and I am the Aboriginal Wellbeing Worker. Headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation that provides early intervention to young people between 12 and 25 years. The service covers 4 core areas: mental health, physical health, work and study support and alcohol and other drugs.

My role is to provide responsive and culturally appropriate and safe support to young Aboriginal people experiencing difficulties in access to mental health care. Including the consideration of mental health difficulties, social, intergenerational trauma, alcohol and drug issues and engagement in education or employment, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. I am required to assist with referrals and engagements with private providers at headspace Katherine.

I love that I have been given this opportunity to further my skills and to expand my understanding and knowledge on mental health and encouraging my people with the stigma of mental health and issues we as Aboriginal people face.

I maintain a healthy headspace by being active and playing a range of sports, keeping connected to my family, friends and culture. And taking the time to balance work, sleep and being a mum.”

It is currently Mental Awareness Month, and it’s amazing to see a Yalari alumna in such an important role, helping towards this cause and giving back to community.

If you would like further information about Headspace and the work they do please visit: https://headspace.org.au/.

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