Victorian Aboriginal Womens Awards 2000
Women in the ARTS Award
The winner CHRISTINE WARD
Christine matriculated from Castlemaine Technical College in 1987, part
of her studies involved taking on the female principal role for the musical
"BYE BYE BIRDIE", her performance included 7 solo performances.
She completed the Monash orientation scheme for Aborigines, Monash University
in Clayton, in 1988.
Christine has had a number of sporadic performances. These include a principle
female role for a koorie musical "NAROOLA", based on a young
girl being taken away.
In 1999 she was nominated for "FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR" at
the Warnambools "SPIRIT OF THE SEA" Festival.
Christine has made not only a commitment to her art, which is singing,
but also to her Aboriginal community, she is always available when her
community calls on her support.
Women in EDUCATION Award
The winner ESME SAUNDERS
Some of Esmes achievements include;
Founding member of YAPPRA CHILD CARE CENTRE
Founding member of GOULBURN HOUSING MURRAY REGION
Founding member of BATJA CHILD CARE CENTRE
Esme was the first Aboriginal teacher employed by Goulburn Valley AECG
Involved with the establishment of "MANGA School
Secretary of the Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Inc
Inaugural member of Victoria for the Reconciliation Council
Esme was also Director of the Institution of Koorie Education Research
Centre Unit, Deacon University.
Esme, has with determination broken down barriers and is passionate about
the past, present and future development of Education in this state.
Women in BUSINESS Award
The winner VALDA BRAY
Valda founded her business seven years ago and even in these very tough
economic times she continues to build her thriving business REDBANK
Valda has not asked for or had very much financial or business support,
and she is not scared of hard work. Her persistence in continually marketing
is starting to pay off for her.
Women in HEALTH Award
The winner BARBRA McEWAN
Barbara has for the last 20 years set about installing positive changes
in her community. Barbara was among a group of university students who
established the DJA DJA WRUNG CO-OPERATIVE in the 1980s.
She is one of the few qualified Indigenous Masseurs in Australia
In her spare time she runs her healing business.
Barbara is quoted as saying, "white fellas call it mental health,
but, us mob call it spiritual and emotional well being", Barbara
through her work has recognised a burning need in the Indigenous community
to help heal broken spirits. Broken by factors like, being stolen, institutionalized
and loss of culture.
As a result of Barbaras hard work and commitment, a Koorie Unit
is being established at the BENDIGO BASE HOSPITAL, something Barbara aimed
for since the start of her career.