Dianne Ryder is a proud Noongar woman from Western Australia with a legendary reputation for her contribution to family, community and country.
After school, Dianne embarked on a 21-year career with the army and in 1990, she was awarded the Army Australia Day Medallion.
Since leaving the Army, Dianne has worked as a community outreach worker in Sydney and later Perth. She is currently the President of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Veterans Association of WA and is heavily involved with the Indigenous Veterans Memorial Service.
Her contribution and involvement with her community has led to her being sought out to share her wisdom with government departments and politicians at a state and national level. In 2015, Dianne was nominated for Australian of the Year and for the Prime Ministers Advisory Council on Mental health.
Dianne's favorite saying is "Just imagine ..." where she challenges us all to consider how we can improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.