Seven New Aboriginal Community Connectors Begin Work in NSW

11 May, 2023

The NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) welcomes seven new Aboriginal Community Connectors, who have begun their work at various locations across NSW.

The Aboriginal Community Connector initiative is led by the Coalition of Aboriginal Peak Organisations (CAPO), and aims to increase the number of Aboriginal students completing their HSC while maintaining their cultural identity. It is funded by the NSW Department of Education and the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

The Community Connectors link students in Years 10-12 and their families with local culturally-appropriate services to support and re-engage students in their education, increase their learning outcomes and improve HSC pathways.  They work in partnership to develop a unique tailored plan to help each student develop confidence and address challenges, so they can reach their learning and employment goals.

The new Aboriginal Community Connectors are:

  • Robbie Townsend in Bega, hosted by the Bega Local Aboriginal Land Council.
  • Jordon Moore in Orange, hosted by the Orange Local Aboriginal Land Council.
  • Kassandra Dargan in Dubbo, hosted by the Dubbo Local Aboriginal Land Council.
  • Frances Dutton and Philip Hunter in Wilcannia (job share), hosted by the Wilcannia Local Aboriginal Land Council.
  • Angie Newman in Lightning Ridge, hosted by the Lightning Ridge Local Aboriginal Land Council.
  • Pamela Widders in Armidale, hosted by the Armajun Aboriginal Medical Service.

The Community Connectors join Casey Howard in Tamworth whose strong local connections have enabled her to build positive and successful relationships with students and their families, and Aboriginal staff in schools.

Please join NSWALC in welcoming the new Aboriginal Community Connectors as they begin their journeys to assist Aboriginal students to fully engage with their educational, cultural and life aspirations.

Acknowledgement

We pay our respects to the Traditional Owners of the lands where we work as well as across the lands we travel through. We also acknowledge our Elders past, present and emerging.

Artwork Credit: Craig Cromelin, from a painting he did titled, "4 favourite fishing holes". It is a snippet of his growing years on the Lachlan River, featuring yabby, turtle, fish and family.

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