V.I.C Board Member
Karin Williams 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.
In 1985, Karin made the decision to move to Melbourne, where her chosen field of study was as an Aboriginal Health Worker at Koori Kollij.
During her time in Melbourne Karin met her partner Reg Thorpe and where they currently continue to live and have two daughters and a granddaughter.
Karin commenced working at the Victorian Aboriginal Health Services (VAHS) in June 1986 as an Aboriginal Health Worker and Senior Aboriginal Health Worker where she provided over 18 years of continuous service. Subsequently Karin, left VAHS for 3 years and returned as the Coordinator for the Women and Children’s program for couple of years and then transferred back into the Medical Area as the Clinical Coordinator and Manager for 12 months.
For the last years Karin has worked and continues to work as a Koori Youth Justice Worker at Bert Williams Aboriginal Youth Centre, a program of Victorian Aboriginal Community Services Association Limited.
Karin has been on the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service Board for the past seven years where she has held the position of Chair, Deputy Chair and Board Member.
Other Boards that Karin has served on include Yappera Children’s Service, Fitzroy Stars Gymnasium, Melbourne Aboriginal Youth Sport and Recreation, Koorie Diabetes Services, Local Aboriginal Education Consultative Group, Melbourne Stars Basketball Club.
Karin has been a representative for Victoria on the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance board of directors since November 2013.
In Karin’s spare time as volunteers she has been actively involved in junior sporting carnivals for many years, with raising funds, organizing, training, providing transport and supervision of young people.