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Recognising our deadly staff in NAIDOC Week

Red Cross honours staff, members and volunteers working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Monday July 4, 2016

As part of NAIDOC celebrations, Red Cross is honouring staff, members and volunteers working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to achieve their goals.

Our commitment to partnering with Australia's First Nations peoples is matched by our growing workforce of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with more than 170 Indigenous staff, making up 7.1% of our workforce.

This year we are recognising five Red Cross Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and volunteers for their commitment to making a positive difference in the communities they work with.

Congratulations to the following recipients.

Community Service: Dorothy Erichsen

Red Cross volunteer Dorothy is a respected Elder in the Townsville Aboriginal community. She is a member of the Townsville Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Service and Yumba Meta Housing Association.

Dorothy has been sharing her knowledge and teaching culture through craft with clients at our Wellbeing Centre in Townsville for the past two years.

The centre provides safe, healing and culturally appropriate accommodation for people from regional and remote areas accessing health services in Townsville.

Together As Partners: Luke Wenitong

Luke is the Operations Manager for Far North Queensland based in Cairns and has built strong relationships with communities across the area, including regional and remote Queensland.

Luke actively promotes his own professional development and that of others, most recently receiving international Red Cross training and then facilitating Agents of Behavioural Change (ABC) training sessions for staff and volunteers.

Creative Culture: James Williams

James is the Service Delivery Manager in Property and Disaster Recovery. A self-confessed technology geek who "wants to make a difference for his mob," James is working to boost Indigenous employment, particularly in the field of information technology.

James is a Reconciliation Champion on our Reconciliation Action Plan Committee, Co-Chair of the Wominjeka Leadership Group in Victorian and member of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander National Leadership Group.

Leadership: Donna Brahim

Donna started at Red Cross in 2006 under a pilot program for Aboriginal girls at Medina Aboriginal Cultural Centre and is now Programs Manager at Kwinana.

Donna is a representative on the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership Team and delivers cultural competency training to staff, members and volunteers.

Donna is also a Member of the Board of Gilmour High School, a public co-educational high school in Kwinana where she is an active voice for the local Aboriginal community.

Young person (under age of 30): Katina Robson

Katina is Executive Assistant to our Executive Director in the ACT. Katina is a Reconciliation Champion on our Reconciliation Action Plan Committee and works hard to bring people together and share her knowledge.

Katina was instrumental in organising our World Red Cross Day celebrations which had a Reconciliation theme, as well as our participation in the Reconciliation Walk held in Queanbeyan.

Katina is actively involved with the local Aboriginal community in the ACT and Queanbeyan.