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Easternwell supports NAIDOC Week

Easternwell celebrated NAIDOC Week 2018 by hosting a morning tea to recognise the contributions of two local Aboriginal women, Raeleen Ward and Lizzie Adams.

Raelene Ward, Senior Lecturer from the University of Southern Queensland and Lizzie Adams, CEO of Goolburri Aboriginal Health Advancement shared their personal stories about how they have been inspired to create a more equal society through the positive influences in their lives.

Raelene shared the story of her grandmother Hazel McKellar, born one of eleven children in Cunnamulla, marrying and travelling as a drover’s wife, raising her own children and becoming active in the movement to recognise Aboriginal people and improve overall living conditions including access to education, health and housing.

Lizzie shared her own story, growing up in Charleville experiencing racism, being overlooked for work and being made to feel different from the mainstream community. Through the positive influences in her life such as her family and through her own personal strength, Lizzie trained as a nurse. This initial training inspired her and her career. Lizzie is heavily involved in Aboriginal health, advancing the recognition of Aboriginal people and making a difference to the lives of Aboriginal youth by offering employment with Goolburri Health.

Easternwell also invited Jarrad Oakley-Nichols from the Wirrpanda Foundation to present at their Supervisors Forum about ways to work together to further support new Indigenous employees starting their employment with the company. Jarrad highlighted that support and cultural awareness can make a big difference to new employees and provided an insight into the importance of Welcome to Country and being respectful to past and present Elders.

Additionally one of Easternwell’s employees, Jessie Burke shared her thoughts on this year’s NAIDOC theme reminiscing fond memories of her mother and talking about some of the steps she is taking to inspire the next generation of Aboriginal women.

Easternwell celebrates all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island women and recognises the important impact they have in creating a more equal society as part of NAIDOC Week 2018.

This week provides an opportunity for all Australians to celebrate and share in the pride of our First Australians, with this year’s proclamation of ‘Because of Her, We Can’ by recognising the invaluable contributions that Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander women have made and continue to make to their families, communities and our nation for the betterment of all future generations.

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