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Victorian Aboriginal Womens Awards 2002

ARTS Award

The recipient is from the Gundijtmara clan and has exhibited her works at a regional level
- artist, Marley Smith

Marley has been a founding member of the Mapiyal Artists, her works feature as part of the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery. Marley has a permanent exhibit outlet - Ballarat Gold Museum.
She has recently been commissioned to produce designs for the Berripmo Walk at Mt Cole and the Koorie Heritage Trail. As well as her own exhibitions and Murals - Marley Smith.


Our recipient has been working in the Education area for over 10 years and embraced by the community and working environment a Kamilaroi women - Anne Jenkins.
Anne’s’ working as Education Officer with Swinburne University of TAFE - she has developed two learning centers in the outer eastern region - Oonah Learning Centre and Balluk Yilam Learning Centers.
She co-ordinates the indigenous specific courses for the eastern campuses.
Has been the driving force behind the Healsville Indigenous Arts Enterprise,
Whilst also being active on a number of boards which include:
Member of Committee of Management Yarra Valley Community Health Service
Member of Committee of Management Healesville Common
Secretary Board of Directors Galeena Beek Properties Limited
Member of Jenna Boort Steering Committee Department of Human Services Eastern Region
Member and Coordinator Eastern Region NAIDOC Committee Member of Committee of Management Healesville Local Aboriginal Education Consultative Group


The recipient is of the Yorta Yorta clan; she has worked in government and community-based organizations - Esmai Manahan.
Esmai has worked with the Margaret Tucker hostel for young girls, Aborigines Advancement League, state and federal government departments. She has her own consultancy service, which focused on research and business planning.
Esmai returned to government to work on an Arts based project with Arts Victoria which has brought her to her current role as Manager of the Koorie Business Network - KBN promotes and assist small business development in the State.


Our recipient is a descendant of the Nyampa Clan held her role as Aboriginal Liaison Officer for 18 years - Jemmes Handy.
Jemmes has worked for the Mildura Bas Hospital on 24-hour call part of her role has been
to transport patients inter and intrastate provide support for patients.
She has created a healing place at the hospital.
In her spare time she supports the Latje Latje dance troupe and is on the Community Justice panel.


  Photos - Koorie Women Mean Business Collection 1997 - 2000.
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