Chairperson - Jennifer Qualifications Bachelor of Aboriginal Studies (Honours) and currently a PhD Candidate of Aboriginal Studies Bachelor Theology Diploma in Agriculture Certificate IV – Training and Assessment Certificate Child Care Why I joined Firstchance Board To empower others. I have been blessed in my life to have had some amazing and gifted mentors who took time to share their wisdom and experience with me. My Grandfather was removed from family, community and country as a 2 year old, his resilience has been inspirational and my acceptance as a member of the Kamilaroi nation has been life changing. Late 2016 I received an email via the Wollotuka Institute at Newcastle Uni, seeking Indigenous representation on the Firstchance board, I felt that given my background and skills this would fit well. Firstchance is a wonderful inclusive organisation, dedicated to supporting both children with special needs and their families. Such an organisation would have been an asset when our daughter was younger. The skills I bring to the Board Over 30 years’ experience in early childhood services, including roles as Service Director and special needs work. The experience of parenting a child with disabilities, at times stumbling through the maze of programs, treatment, surgery and radiotherapy, providing many challenges and practical wisdom, significantly a great sense of pride as a mum. Extensive experience in both parish and not for profit community organisations and groups. Successful Farm business management, including transitioning from Dairy to Beef cattle. The recent advocacy role of Aboriginal Youth Worker, in which supported, empowered and assisted our young ones in obtaining the necessary skills to achieve their drivers licence. I am an exceptional listener and value the stories and narratives we carry within.