Aunty Eunice Aston, Chairperson Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority, has been named the inaugural recipient of behind closed doors (BCD) Indigenous Scholarship receiving 12- months in the exclusive Executive membership.
The scholarship will provide the inaugural recipient access to professional development, mentoring and networking opportunities with some of South Australia’s most influential and leading businesswomen.
behind closed doors Founder and Managing Director, Donny Walford, said the 12-month scholarship was awarded to a successful indigenous female executive to further expand and challenge their current leadership and governance practices.
“BCD Executive membership will provide Aunty Eunice with a professional sounding board and support network where she can discuss professional and personal issues, challenges and strategies in a totally confidential environment while, at the same time, encourage other members to extend themselves to achieve and succeed in new environments,” Ms Walford said.
“Indigenous community leaders play a vital role in our society, we are delighted to have such a respected leader as part of our Executive membership.”
Aunty Eunice is an Ngarrindjeri woman with traditional ties to all communities within the Ngarrindjeri Nation. Having spent most of her life working within the health domain, she has extensive knowledge and experience when engaging with Aboriginal people and country.
She has held a broad range of representative positions within Aboriginal community controlled services, Aboriginal health services within the mainstream system and held positions on state-wide and national Aboriginal advisory boards.
In addition to being the Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority Chairperson, Aunty Eunice also runs Ninkowar Inc, a community led support service supporting other Ngarrindjeri women.
The scholarship was initiated when BCD was approached by the Board of Jawun, a program created to increase the capacity of Indigenous leaders, organisations and communities to achieve their own development goals.
Jawun works on a partnership model which emphasises working with Indigenous people, rather than simply providing services to them. In an effort to move away from a passive welfare economy Jawun works to provide skills and expertise enabling the indigenous community the opportunity to take ownership of their own future.
Issued by: Penny Reidy, Marketing Manager, Behind Closed Doors for further details call 8333 4303 or 0401 349 791.