NAIDOC Strong Sista Award recipient

Published on 13 November 2020

Jamies Baxter is Strong Sista Award winner.

Jamie Baxter, proud Yidinji and Wiradjuri woman, has been awarded a NAIDOC Strong Sista award as part of this year’s NAIDOC Week celebration.

Says Jamie, “I am very honoured to receive the NAIDOC Strong Sista Award. I hope this highlights the importance of working together to provide our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities better service”.

The award was presented to Jamie for her outstanding work and commitment as an Aboriginal Outreach and Community Development Worker at Banyule Community Health Service. Jamie has been supporting Banyule Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and families for more than 10 years as a highly respected member of the team.

Jamie was thrilled to receive the award, and spoke of her passion and commitment to wanting to provide support to Aboriginal communities in culturally safe environments.

The Strong Sista Award was presented on location at Barrbunin Beek Aboriginal Gathering Place in West Heidelberg – where Jamie helps to run a number of programs for elders, men, women and youth – during the annual NAIDOC awards ceremony that was jointly hosted by Aboriginal social enterprises, Indigenous Employment Partners, Currency Print and Corporate Communications and WAN Place.

On receiving her award, many of her program participants and family turned out to congratulate her on the achievement.

Indigenous Employment Partners CEO, Jill West, said “Jamie’s work with Aboriginal communities is highly regarded and we are so pleased we could recognise her as one of our Strong Sistas. She is a much deserving recipient of this award”.

Jamie is also a current-serving member of the Banyule Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee (BATSIAC) and newly appointed member of the Barrbunin Beek Aboriginal Gathering Place Committee. She has contributed greatly to our Aboriginal projects and strategies, including our innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

We congratulate Jamie on winning the Strong Sista Award, and we thank her for the outstanding work and support she extends to us and Banyule's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members.

About the award

The Strong Sista Award recognise First Nations women working to keep our communities safe and strong. Each year, Indigenous Employment Partners recognises strong and resilient Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and the important role they have as cultural caretakers to keep Aboriginal culture safe, strong and alive.

Strong Sistas are First Nations women who have risen from adversity to become highly capable community carers, advocates, educators and leaders with an unwavering commitment to supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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