Cindy grew up in the inner city of Sydney and is a Ngunnawal woman descending from the Bell family in Yass. As a secondary mathematics teacher she commenced her teaching career in 1984 and has held various executive positions both within schools and across NSW Department of Education. Cindy has also lectured at Sydney University and University of Western Sydney. Cindy believes Aboriginal people should self-determine their own future and has a strong commitment to social justice.
Anne Dennis is a Gamilaraay woman living in Walgett and a strong advocate for Aboriginal people in the North West NSW. Anne understands the importance of a quality education needed in today’s society which inspired her to become a teacher. Anne has been involved in the NSW AECG Inc. for many years as an active member of her Local and Regional AECG and was formally recognised when give the status of Life Membership within the organisation. Anne is also involved in other Aboriginal organisations which allows her to advocate on behalf of her people ensuring that the needs and aspirations of the community are heard.
Cassie has had a long association with Aboriginal education and training and is an active member of the Upper North Coast Regional AECG. Employed as the Aboriginal Community Liaison Officer with the Department of Education and Communities based in Lismore. Cassie took up a casual vacancy on the NSW AECG Association Management Committee in October 2014.
I am Matthew Priestley. A proud Mehi Murri from Moree of the Terry hi hi clan within the Gomilaroi Nation. I was born 23/12/1973 within Eora Nation Sydney. I grew up on the Top camp Stanley village (Moree) I am a Father of two beautiful girls, a Murri man that’s supportive of his wife of 26yrs. As well as a director of Desert Pea Media, an innovative multimedia company dedicated to archiving indigenous culture, and educating and supporting Aboriginal communities to evolve and sustain cultural protocol. I am employed as the senior leader at Moree East Public School with in Connected Communities strategy. As a member of the Moree local AECG North West 1 Regional AECG I am required by the old people to provide ongoing monitoring of the human rights situation of our Aboriginal people in our country. I view education as an important tool to improve our situation by pursuing economic, social and cultural development; it provides us with individual empowerment and self-determination. Education is also a means of employment for all of us.
Lesley is Yuin woman from the South Coast of NSW and has been involved in Aboriginal Education for over two decades. Currently residing on the Central Coast Lesley has strong family connections to the La Perouse and South Coast Communities. Lesley has worked as an Aboriginal Education Officer at Gorokan High School and has seen the Central Coast Aboriginal community grow from strength to strength. Lesley believes that getting Aboriginal people engaged in education will only better the next generations’ educational opportunities that would then build success.
Leigh is a member of the Worimi tribal group from Port Stephens who speak the Gattang language. Since becoming involved in the NSW AECG, Leigh has realised the importance of education not only Aboriginal people but non-Aboriginal people as well. “Since being involved with Aboriginal Education, I have made it my business to educate the wider community in my area. Aboriginal Education is everybody’s business: let’s make a difference to give children a better start to life”.