Anita-Lee Summers

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Who’s your mob and where were you raised?

I am a member of the Summers, Morgan and Bekue Family Groups and I grew up on the Tweed/Gold Coast. This is the traditional lands of the Nganduwal (Tweed Heads) and the Yugambeh (Gold Coast region) language groups. I have traditional connections to the Bidjara peoples of western Queensland.

How long have you been a member of the NAIDOC Committee?

I have been a NAIDOC Committee member for just over 12 months.

What does NAIDOC mean to you?

For me NAIDOC means a time to celebrate the resilience, richness and diversity of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. It is also an opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge the significant contributions Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members make to the advancement of our communities across in a range of categories.

Apart from the National NAIDOC Ball, how will you be celebrating NAIDOC Week?

I will be taking time out to celebrate with my local community of the Tweed Heads and Gold Coast in a couple of the local events we have plan each year. We have a great calendar of celebration for NAIDOC week with some great events. One of my favourite events is our Gold Coast Elders Luncheon.

Outside of NAIDOC what are your passions?

I love Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art especially jewellery but my real passion lies with ensuring our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders have access to the services they need to stay connected to family and community. I have a passion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander aged care.

Fun fact – what don’t we know about you?

I could eat curried chicken everyday of the week!