2021 NAIDOC Perth Committee
The NAIDOC Perth Committee is built up of a passionate team of individuals, dedicated to creating an entertaining and inclusive event to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Glenda Kickett belongs to the Whadjuk and Ballardong peoples of the Bibbulumun Nyungah nation from the South West of Western Australia through both her mother and father’s family lines. She is a Social Worker, having graduated from the University of Western Australia (UWA) in 1993; has a Master of Arts from Curtin University in Indigenous Research and Development in 2004; and is completing a PhD in Social Work at UWA.
Glenda is the Manager, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement at the Australian Childhood Foundation and has worked to support and advocate for Aboriginal children and families in Out-of-Home care, family support and reunification programs within government and non-government organisations. She also lectures in the School of Social Work in the unit, Indigenous People and Social Work.
Glenda as been recognised with numerous awards including WA Social Worker of the Year Worker (2010) and Richmond Fellowship Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Worker of the Year (2010); inducted into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame 2016; as well as the Grace Vaughn Award 2011 and finalist in the WA Day Awards, Aboriginal section 2019; finalist in the WA Australia Day Awards 2020, Community Award. She is the Chairperson of NAIDOC Perth Inc. and a member of the Noongar Family Safety Wellbeing Council; Co-Chair of Social Reinvestment WA, Vice Chair of Wungenging Aboriginal Corporation and Chairperson of Shooting Stars, Glass Jar, Australia, education through netball.
John is a Noongar man from the South West with links to Wagyl Kaip and Gnaala Karla Booja Native Title Groups. He is passionate about the culture and the wellbeing of his people, serving as Vice Chairperson of NAIDOC Perth and an active member of the Aboriginal Advancement Council and Wagyl Kaip Working Party, as well as serving previously on the Raventhorpe Nikel Operation/ Wagyl Kaip Relationship Committee, Kaarta-Moorda Aboriginal Corporation, Derbal Yerrigan Health Service Board of Directors, and Wagyl Kaip Advisory Trust Committee.
John is an accredited mentor with a range of certifications across Career Development, Employment Services, Corporate Governance, Project Management, Mental Health First Aid, and delivery of Cultural Awareness Training. He currently works with GO2 People, delivering Community Engagement, Business Development and Recruitment Services.
Michelle has been a Committee Member for the past 6 years and during this time has been involved in Miss NAIDOC Perth, and now leads the NAIDOC Awards Working Group. She has connections to Whadjuk, Balladong and Yued country and has lived in Rockingham for the last 23 years. Her early years were spent in regional WA and she later travelled with family to Central Australia and regional South Australia, this was an experience that she highly values, as she met a diverse group of people through both work and community.
Michelle graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Indigenous Community Management and Development), and has participated in Governance roles in a diverse range of community organisations and committees over the years. Michelle remains actively involved in her local community and maintains connections with her Elders and her community to assist in achieving community goals.
Cindy has been a member of the NAIDOC Committee since 2014 holding the position of Secretary. She has enjoyed the challenges and obstacles of being involved and taking on the role of Convenor in all the Working Groups over these years including NAIDOC Perth Opening Ceremony, Miss NAIDOC, NAIDOC Perth Ball and the NAIDOC Perth Awards. NAIDOC Perth showcases our Culture, Talents and Achievements, having these roles over the years has been amazing insight into NAIDOC Perth events.
Cindy is a Senior Whadjak/Ballardong Yok with family connections throughout Yuat, Gnarla Kaarla Boodja and Ngaki Ngaki. Cindy works in the Education Department and has been an AIEO for 17 years, whilst employed she also completed the Noongar Language Teaching course, with the passion to share our Culture and Language throughout Schools and Community.
Dot is a proud Noongar Elder from Kojonup in the South-West. She has spent over 40 years of her life working to make the community better for our people. Dot was formerly Director of Gurlongga Njininj Childcare Centre and has been a member of the NAIDOC Committee for 34 years. She’s now 75 but shows no signs of slowing down, leading the next generation by example and showing that you can achieve anything no matter your age.
Patrick (Pat) Smith
Joslyn Eades-Tass is a Noongar woman born on Balladong country with custodian ties to the Wagyl Kaip and South Boojarah regions of Noongar nation. Joslyn has an absolute commitment to increase Aboriginal engagement, participation and collaboration to improve outcomes to Aboriginal individuals, families and communities.
Elizabeth (Liz) Narkle
Liz a Noongar Woman with family connections throughout the whole of the South West. She joined the NAIDOC Perth Committee in 2019 and has been on the Opening Ceremony working group from that time. Liz actively engages with youth in the community through Koolangkas Kreate, the Noongar dance group that she Manages in collaboration with her Husband Chris Narkle and Cousin James Kearing Snr. Liz is currently studying and aims to set up programs in the community for Youth, through the work she does with Koolangkas Kreate.
Sonya is a Torres Strait Islander of Moa Island, growing up in the Pilbara at Port Hedland. Sonya is a passionate dancer and awarded choreographer, studying with NAISDA Indigenous Dance College and obtaining an associate diploma in Dance. Sonya’s passion has led her across the country, utilising the arts as a driving force to break down barriers and stereotypes. Alongside her role on the NAIDOC Perth Committee, she currently serves on the WA Museum Indigenous Advisory Committee, and continues to choreograph contemporary Indigenous performances throughout the year.
Yamatji Woman from the Mid-West Region with connections to the Nyunda country. She is passionate about our culture, wellbeing and further development of our people. She has worked in a number of Aboriginal Organisations and been a NAIDOC Perth committee member since 2019. Maureen has been employed with the Health Department for 21 years, currently stationed at Royal Perth Hospital as an Aboriginal Health Liaison Officer, and is very passionate about caring for the health and wellbeing of all metro and country patients.
Shannon McGuire is a Noongar woman with connections to Whadjuk, Yuet and Balardong country. Shannon helped develop the Miss NAIDOC Program and has been delivering the program for 11 years, and has been a Committee Member for the last 3 years.
Corey joined NAIDOC Perth in 2020 and is part of the NAIDOC Perth Ball working group. Corey is of Wadjuk, Ballardong, Yued, Wagyl Kaip & Southern Nyoongar decent, and grew up in the Perth metro and Rockingham-Kwinana regions.