Majella grew up in Brisbane, Qld, and is currently in Canberra working in the Indigenous Women's Unit of the Office of Indigenous Policy Coordination. Prior to taking up this appointment, Majella was in partnership with her brother in a coffee shop in Atherton, north Queensland. Majella has also been employed as an Indigenous Cultural Resource Officer by the Queensland Department of Families, Youth and Community Care in Caboolture, and been involved with twp Lifeskills Development Programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, in Ravenshoe and Mareeba, Qld. As a coach she would like to pass on her knowledge of self improvement and motivation to encourage and assist others to translate positiveness into their own lives.
Deborah grew up in Perth, WA, and has family in Broome. She also lived in Ipswich, Qld, for 25 years before moving to Canberra three years ago. Deborah has been involved in Indigenous community organisations for more than 25 years and is the Indigenous community representative on the ACT Domestic Violence Prevention Council. She has an extensive background working in education and training within the justice system in juvenile detention centres, correctional centres, the Queensland Police Academy and the Australian Federal Police College, Canberra. Deborah has lectured at QUT providing Indigenous perspectives on social science, law and justice and education. During this time she did extensive research on Foetal Alcohol Syndrome, its effect on Indigenous offending behaviour, and the implications for correctional services and policy, culminating in the delivery of a paper at a correctional officers' conference in 2004. Deborah currently works as the Senior Education Officer - Indigenous Education for the Catholic Education Office in the ACT where she is continuing her research into Foetal Alcohol Syndrome and its implications for teaching and learning.
New South Wales
Rhonda was born and lives in Port Macquarie (Birpai country), NSW. Her work office is located in Kempsey where she is employed by the Department of Juvenile Justice as a Youth Justice Conferencing Manager. Rhonda manages an areas that extends from Nambucca Heads in the north to Port Stephens/Raymond Terrace in the south and west to Muswellbrook. She works in partnership with the police, court, communities and legal profession in the implementation of the Young Offenders Act 1997. Rhonda believes Aboriginal communities can play a key role in keeping their young people out of the legal system. As a coach Rhonda will work with women to help them realise their full potential. She will encourage women to use her as a sounding board for ideas and encourage women to set achievable goals.
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Bino grew up in Queensland and now lives in Katherine, NT. She is currently working as an Indigenous Programs Coordinator – Women's Issues for the Fred Hollows Foundation. Her role is to assist community women by working under a community development framework managing their women's centres and the programs within them. As a coach Bino would like to use her self as a tool to engage the women, model behaviour, try to impart her knowledge, and walk with the women in their learnings.
Gwen grew up in Meekathara, WA and now lives in Alice Springs NT. She is employed by the Department of Health and Community Services. Gwen is responsible for a team whose role is to effectively promote community awareness of substance misuse issues and to support the development of a strong urban and remote community resource. She has always encouraged Indigenous women to pursue their goals by providing information about professional development and giving them support through coaching.
Bonnie was born in Cherbourg, Qld, and grew up in the Ipwich area, near Brisbane. She currently works as an Indigenous Liaison Officer at the Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC) in Brisbane. Her role is to assist the CMC to address Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues relating to crime and corruption. Bonnie also provides a liaison and education function, assisting the complaints services, research and misconduct prevention staff with issues pertaining to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. As a coach she will practise a two-way learning relationship working alongside the trainee women leaders. She will encourage the women to utilise other local Indigenous women in their community to form support groups.
Teresa grew up in Hopevale, an Aboriginal community in Cape York, far north Queensland, and currently lives in Cairns where she is a family wellbeing facilitator for the Apunipima Cape York Health Council. Teresa has been actively involved in the family wellbeing, personal development and leadership training for close to four years. As a coach she will support others by listening and encouraging them to find their own answers rather than trying to impose her solutions. Teresa's coaching aims to bring about change, so that people are able to develop better leadership skills in their workplaces, homes and communities.
Melody grew up and still lives in Gladstone, Qld. Melody is currently working on various projects in the Gladstone region, some in a consultancy role and some as part of voluntary work for her community. She acts as a facilitator for the Aboriginal Cultural Awareness program she has developed for the Comalco Alumina Refinery in Gladstone. Melody has spent the last ten years teaching in various settings including: TAFE - Murri adult education; an Aboriginal independent high school - Wadja Wadja High; the Murri School in Brisbane; and Woorabinda State Primary School. As a coach Melody wants to get to know the Indigenous women and find out more about them. She will work to instill confidence and self-belief in the women to help broaden the scope of their achievements.
Born in Mt Isa, Qld, Leanne has lived in Darwin for 12 years, Canberra for four years and Cairns for 13 years. She is self employed as a consultant trading as Leanne Ramsamy Consultant. A core component of her business is workshop planning and facilitation. Leanne has been designing, developing and facilitating workshops for more than ten years. As a coach Leanne will encourage the women to own their own goals and visions. She will work with them to establish a strategic picture and milestones for their goals. This will enable them to look at the big picture and may out where they want to end up.
Wendy grew up in Rockhampton, Qld, and now lives in Cairns. She is employed by Queensland Health as the Principal Indigenous Health Coordinator, Northern Zone Management Unit. A member of a number of women's organisations, she is an advocate for Indigenous health staff and women's groups in north Queensland. As a coach Wendy believes that sharing experiences with others will help her identify mechanisms to enhance her approach to improving Indigenous health.
Flo is from Yarrabah, north Queensland, and now lives in Brisbane. She is an Indigenous businesswoman and the principal director of Jinnadirran Training and Consultancy Services Pty Ltd. Flo is on the boards of the Brisbane Indigenous Media Association (4AAA) and the Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts and is a member of the Brisbane City Council. She has been involved in mentoring programs for Federal, State and local governments and in particular for Indigenous staff at the Brisbane City Council. As a coach she will encourage and support the women by listening to their stories and work with them to develop a plan outlining their goals and how to achieve them.
Nereda is coordinator of the Weemala Indigenous Unit of the Australian Catholic University in Brisbane. Born in Innisfail in far north Queensland, she belongs to the Gooreng Gooreng people of the Bundaberg area where she grew up. She comes from a family of five girls and three boys, all of whom remain very close. Nereda's background is in teaching and she has been working in the university sector for the past 13 years, teaching and supporting Indigenous students. She enjoys helping Indigenous people especially women achieve their dreams and find their inner strength. Nereda is a wife, mother, and grandmother, roles that are very important to her. She has completed a Masters degree in Educational Leadership and Management and is currently working on her doctorate, focusing on Indigenous women's careers. She is a mad reader, loves going to markets and loves telling stories especially funny ones. As a coach, she hopes to support Indigenous women on their leadership journey by sharing her experiences and skills at the same time encouraging them to look after themselves.
Maxine grew up and now lives in the Bundaberg area. For the last ten years she has been living in Brisbane where she was coordinator of the Ngutana Lui Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Centre at Catholic Education. In this role she managed and promoted the centre and participated in planning and development. Maxine has a Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Teaching, and an Associate Diploma in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education. As a coach Maxine will encourage participants to develop a timeline to set out their goals and enable them to review progress, and provide ongoing support and regular contact to help them achieve these goals.
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Maria grew up in Western Australia, but has been living in South Australia for twelve years. She is currently employed at the Pika Wiya Aboriginal Health Service in Port Augusta, SA. Her role is the Team Leader of the Well Child Program. Maria is a member of the Aboriginal Women's Centre Committee whose role is to support and encourage women. She will encourage and support women through a non judgemental manner. Maria will talk to women about empowerment and to believe in themselves by not giving up, to stand strong and be proud of whom they are.