Aunty Eunice Aston, Chairperson Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority, was the recipient of the Inaugural BCD Executive Scholarship in Adelaide in 2016. Twelve months on, we caught up with Eunice for some reflections on her first year as a BCD Executive member.
Aunty Eunice described the membership as “an opportunity of a life time” to meet with like-minded women from diverse workforce areas.
“Being a part of BCD has provided me with confidence in decision making, clarity of purpose, mentorship and support. BCD has enabled and empowered me as a Ngarrindjeri Woman Leader and Elder to stand firm, and hold clarity before making decisions in community collaboration and negotiations.” Aunty Eunice said.
“After each BCD meeting I feel empowered, strong in body and mind.”
BCD caught up with Aunty Eunice for some reflections on her membership so far and the Scholarship process.
BCD: What did you hope you would achieve from being a behind closed doors member?
Aunty Eunice Aston: I hoped to make contact with people who had similar experiences as I have in seeking support and mentorship, to enable me to be the best I can be at work and at play.
BCD: What has been the number one benefit you have gained from being a part of behind closed doors professionally?
Aunty Eunice Aston: Professionally BCD has shown me clarity of position and I feel empowered to stand my ground, the membership has helped me to generate a sound foundation for the various roles in which I am responsible within my community.
BCD: What has been the number one benefit you have gained from being a part of behind closed doors personally?
Aunty Eunice Aston: Personally, it has helped me to decide what it is I really want in my life and given me strength to pursue it.
BCD: What advice would you give women who are considering applying for a scholarship?
Aunty Eunice Aston: In consideration of applying for one of these scholarships, think about some of these things first:
- what are your aspirations?
- who inspires you?
- where do you want to be in 10 years?
- what can you bring to this forum of women? and
- why do you want this scholarship?
I know it is a lot to think about, but I guarantee if you attempt to answer these questions you will want one of these scholarships.
BCD: What has been the biggest challenge, from a cultural perspective?
Aunty Eunice Aston: From a Cultural perspective, BCD has challenged me to be the best I can be for myself, my community and my country. To embrace what I have been taught and to use it in positive ways to empower myself, my family, my community and my Nation.
BCD has eight scholarships available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women, each providing 12 months fully funded membership to BCD Executive membership.
Applications and nominations are now open in: