First and foremost, I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge my Elders, past, present and future and take this time to also acknowledge my lineage of Ko-manggen, freshwater catfish passed on by my great grandmother Fanny Bruce (Dec). I am a proud Kokoberrin woman with customary connection to the homelands of Pinnarinch on the western side of Cape York Peninsula.

My journey began when I discovered the depth and diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and cultural practice. I sought to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander practitioners by building pathways and opportunities. I found my niche in arts management, spending 10 years creating opportunities for community cultural development through artistic programming.

In a time where First Nations are striving to reach equality for all Australians I accept this Order of Australia as a strong First Nations Kokoberrin woman and acknowledgement, for my contribution towards reconciliation, unity and service.