Lifestyle, ArtBlogged by: Casuarina Square01 May 2019
Meet the faces of Casuarina Square
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Developed in partnership with local artists, our car park now features a large-scale mural which celebrates the unique landscape and culture of the NT.
Meet the faces of Casuarina Square:
After graduating from Henbury 2016 she now participates in the CECP program at life without barriers. Abigail loves art and this year went to Alice Springs for a disability art conference. She has had pieces sold and published.
Abigail’s mother was from Beluywn and her father is from Oenpelli. Her mum passed away in 2017 and her 2 younger brothers live away from her. Abigail has Epilepsy, an Intellectual delay, wears both hearing aids daily and glasses for close up work. She also has cerebral palsy in her leg and hand which makes life hard but doesn’t stop her.
Charlie is a commentator for ABC Radio's Grandstand sport program based in Darwin. He commentates on various sports including Australian rules football and cricket. At the 2006 Commonwealth Games, he was the lawn bowls commentator for ABC radio. Charlie was a commentator at the 2008 Beijing Olympics for ABC, becoming the first Indigenous Australian to commentate at an Olympic Games. He has worked in child protection for more than 25 years, volunteering as an independent person supporting children without a parent or guardian in trouble with the law. Charlie established the 'No More' initiative in 2006, which used sport to campaigning against family violence in Australia. In 2015 Charlie was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for his service to broadcast media and the Indigenous community. In 2016, he won a Northern Territory human rights award and in 2018 he was nominated for Senior Australian of the year.
Nancy Jeffrey was born in Darwin in 1963 and come from a large family of 12 children who have just recently discovered their lost identity going back to their great grandmother. Nancy is a proud Woolwonga women with two daughters (Narelle & Janelle) that she raised on her own for the past 26 years and she is now a proud grandmother of beautiful Kyrie, 10 years old (who is a traditional owner of the Larrakia people) and Benjamin 7 years old, Ava 2 years old and Zac 4 weeks old.
Nancy’s occupation began with Save the Children Queensland in 2004 as a Family Support Worker with a team of 3 people. She then began an amazing journey with Save the Children and has gone from Family Support Worker to Team Leader, the Program Coordinator and now State Manager NT with a team of 26 and is proud to say that of the 26, 24 of the staff are Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander. Save The Children have encouraged Nancy to take on a number of Indigenous Leadership courses over the past seven years as her goal in life was to mentor and encourage her people to stand strong and that they can achieve whatever they set their sights on.
With the help of the Indigenous Business Association Nancy was able to purchase their family home of 32 years, which would not of been possible without having completed her journey in Indigenous Leadership, with the amazing mentoring of the Program Manager from Save The Children Qld.
Nancy has been seconded to the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation (March 2017-March 2018) as a Portfolio Lead here in Darwin, her role is to work with community and organisations to co-design what healing looks like for their community and assist them in acquiring funding to bring their ideas to fruition.
Nancy strongly believes in the power of education and is passionate about change for her people and keen to see the next generation of Indigenous children succeed and become leaders within all of their communities. Nancy finds that in working together with others we each have the ability to make a real difference.