Pre-school director wins award
JULIE Carey has won the 2010 Grace Roberts Community Development Award for her work with Aboriginal pre-school education.
The director of Coffs Harbour’s Kulai Pre-School for the past 15 years, Julie has also served on State and national committees on early Aboriginal education.
A member of the New South Wales Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Early Childhood Sector Advisory Group Incorporated (ATSIECSAG) Inc for 17 years, she is also the long-term honorary secretary of that policy development and advocacy organisation that involves travelling to Sydney regularly for meetings.
Julie has also been involved in running pre-school health screening for Aboriginal children, which includes eyesight and hearing tests.
Mark Flanders won the Grace Roberts Community Worker of the Year award for his work with National Parks and Wildlife Service as lead discovery ranger, cultural heritage officer and in running cultural awareness training sessions.
The Deadly Sistas Girlz won the Grace Roberts Community Group Award for their health and wellbeing program for Aboriginal women, which ranges from organising trips to boot camps, jogging, pole dancing, water polo and a weekly newsletter.