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 since 2014 it has been a tremendous learning journey and one I am looking forward to continuing. .
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 areas.
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 and our combined community NAIDOC Week Street March.
Outside of NAIDOC what are your passions?
I love creating wearable Aboriginal art through jewellery making, this gives me a sense of cultural connection and grounding. My other passion is ensuring our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders have access to the services they need to stay connected to family and community. Our Elders are our historians and life guides and we need to make sure they are looked after.
Fun fact – what don’t we know about you?
I am a very keen stand up paddle boarder and own a few boards. I also can whip out a deadly curried chicken.