Ray Ingrey is a Dharawal and Dunghutti person from the La Perouse Aboriginal community on the northern arm of Kamay (Botany Bay). Ray has a number of leadership roles within his community, including Chair of the Gujaga Foundation and Chair of Eastern Zone Gujaga Aboriginal Corporation.
Ray first became a member of the NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group Inc in 2000 and has held executive positions with his local and regional AECG. Ray was the Executive Officer of the NSW AECG Inc from 2008 – 2013.
Ray has also been leading language reclamation program in his community for over 23 years and believes it’s important “our young ones grow up with a solid cultural foundation and become strong with who they are and where they belong” which will put them on the right path in achieving any goal they set in the future. Ray is also a Board member of the NSW Aboriginal Languages Trust.
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.
Trish is a proud Bidjigal/Wandi Wandian woman with strong family connections to La Perouse and Nowra. She is a permanent Aboriginal Education Officer at Busby Public School and is currently relieving as Executive Assistant to the President, NSW AECG Inc. Trish lives on Darug Country (and Wiradjuri Country when not at work). She’s a proud mother of 1 daughter whom she has always encouraged to be strong in her Aboriginal culture and identity. Trish has been actively involved in AECG at varying levels for over 15 years and is currently the President of Liverpool Local AECG, Treasurer of Mil-Pra Regional AECG and Treasurer of NSW AECG Inc. She strongly believes education empowers and Aboriginal education does matter, and it definitely is everybody’s business.
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”. Leigh became a Life Member of the NSW AECG in 2015.
Elizabeth Majoros is currently working and living on Gamilaroi Country.
She has long term experience in the AECG from local, regional, and now state AECG AMC membership. In her belief that Aboriginal education is community centred, acknowledgement of the many facets and Peoples’ that must be given, and it is their journey that guide her. Education is a great connector of past, present and futures. As a Head Teacher, Elizabeth works with management, in a collaborative approach across the Northwest region as a connector. While she uses technologies well, community needs for face to face are never forgotten.
As a member of the AMC, she is looking forward to engaging with all levels of education for a deeper understanding of the spheres of influence outside of community.
Lesley is a Yuin woman from the South Coast of NSW and has been involved in Aboriginal Education for over 30 years within her role as an AEO, Life Member of the NSW AECG, Lesley has held Local and Regional President’s position for over 20 years. 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.
I am a YORTA YORTA man currently living in Sydney. I am very passionate about Aboriginal Education and the benefits of working with local schools from a community point of view. Helping schools identify local contacts and who they need to engage so that the benefits flow on to our children within our local schools. My main aim is to help all kids achieve the most they can out of education and to help schools better understand the local community and the area where it is located.
I am an Aboriginal woman from Collarenebri. I have a strong belief in my Aboriginal Heritage and I am passionate about education and I have continued to advocate for responsive and culturally relevant teaching and learning programs to engage and improve outcomes for Aboriginal students. I have extensive knowledge about the issues impacting on education in rural, remote areas within school and communities right across NSW.
I have developed a diverse range of skills over a number of years, which has provided me with a number of opportunities that will support the President of the NSW AECG Inc. I have supported Local AECGs across NSW and often filled in for the President when there are other pressing commitments.
I am a life member of the NSW AECG Inc. and I have extensive experience in strengthening the quality of service delivery and being responsive to members. I have experience in policy development which involves identifying the needs, gathering information, drafting, consulting and reviewing. I have the ability to support members across the regions to develop and a proven ability to initiate projects on a needs basis.