Karin Williams (VIC) Director

Karin Williams (from VIC) is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander woman from the Bindal and Juru people, Darnley (Erub) and Murray (Mer) Islands in the Torres Strait along with strong family connections to Cherbourg in Queensland. She was born in Charleville and grew up in Bundaberg Queensland…

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Mary (Mariette) Cowley (WA) Chair

Mary hales from the West Kimberley being born in Broome. Mary’s cultural connections are with the Bardi, Worrora and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Mary is an ex nurse, holds a Bachelor of Science in Aboriginal Community Management and Development, Justice of Peace and Children’s court member.

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Lydia George (ACT) Director

Lydia is the first Torres Strait Islander woman to graduate with a Masters from the Australian Catholic University in Canberra with a Masters in Social Work, specialising in Kupai Omasker – the Torres Strait customary adoption of children.

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Joyce Bonner (QLD) interim Director

 

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Anna Strzelecki (SA) interim Director

 

Jaime Cave (TAS) Director

Bio to come…

Northern Territory

Vacant

 

 

Ivy Trevallion (TSI) Treasurer

Ivy Trevallian (from TSI) is a Torres Strait Islander woman born on Thursday Island where she resides with her husband and three children. Ivy’s family comes from the Dauan Island, Top Western Torres Strait Ivy graduated from Queensland University in 1986, and has been working as a Social Worker for more than 28 years in a number of different areas which include…

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 Bronwyn Penrith (NSW)

Bronwyn Penrith is a widely respected Aboriginal Woman who has been has a lifelong commitment and engagement with her Community. She holds the Family responsibilities of a Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother, and is a recognised kinship Carer. Alongside her lived experience Bronwyn has pursued a role in Private Business and is the Senior Director of  a private company who are resisted with Supply Nation.

Bronwyn experience in the NGO sector includes Chairperson of Mudgin-Gal Aboriginal Women Centre in Chippendale and a Director of the Redfern Foundation Ltd. She is also a past member of a number Women representatives on local, state and National levels, plus the City of Sydney Aboriginal Advisory Council.Bronwyn is a trained facilitator experienced in Community education workshops, cultural awareness and mentoring training. She is a skilled mediator and a registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, of long standing, with the Australian Government Department of the Attorney General. And on the NSW legal aid Mediators Panel, in family law and including Care & Protection Mediation.In Addition to her employment experience, Bronwyn’s qualifications include a Diploma in Business: Indigenous Governance, Mentoring in Diversity and Project Management Much of her works is in a voluntary capacity and She has recently been recognised for her voluntary delivery of series of Lateral Violence Workshops at the Women Centre.Bronwyn is the Chair of the SevenSisters of Ncoss, a group formed from around the NSW set up inform Ncoss and Government on issues impacting on Aboriginal Women and our NSW Communities.She is a member of the NSW Women Legal Resource Centre Aboriginal Women Network;cBronwyn is a member of the Leadership group for “Building Better Lives for Ourselves’. Conference of 100 A&TSI Women, and been invited to continue to participate with that Group of Aboriginal as well as facilitate on the Program. She is on a journey of Reclaiming Culture, through language, and Cultural Practice. Bronwyn led the Making of a Possum Skin Cloak at Mudgin-gal Women Centre the first made by local community Aboriginal Women in 200 years. Bronwyn has been featured in ‘The Redfern Story’ a documentary, tracing the History of the Modern Aboriginal Movement through the lens of the National Black theatre. Bronwyn is an avid reader and likes to stay up to date with current politics.