I can make a real difference - and that is gold
I’m a descendent of the Bigumbal and Yuwaalaraay peoples of the Balonne and grew up in Dirranbandi, in southwest Queensland. I’ve had a colourful past – from boarding school in Warwick, to living in a humpy next to a crocodile-infested river in north Queensland, to working with activists who fought for recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait land rights in the 1960 and ‘70s. After years of moving around I went back to Brisbane, where I eventually joined Telstra as part of an Indigenous recruitment drive.
I started doing data provisioning, then rose through the ranks to become a team leader. Now I’m a trainer, so I go to businesses and teach them how to use their phone systems. Although I’m based in Brisbane, I go wherever I’m needed. One day it might be a council in a remote Indigenous community; the next day it could be a government in the city.
"A highlight for me has been taking part in the two-week Indigenous Women’s Leadership Program, run by female mentors - it was really amazing."
The leadership skills I’ve learned here have been really helpful for the things I do outside of work too. I’m president of Wandarrah Preschool and Community Centre, and part of the Inala Indigenous Health Service community jury.
I see myself as a role model for my family but also for other people in my community, like my daughter’s friends. Down the track I’d like to help mentor young people and give them the skills to get to work. Right now, I’m enjoying meeting people and helping them get their business working the way it should be. Being able to visit customers and really make a difference to their business – to me that is gold.