Kylie honoured for dedication to her community

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TAFE Western Coordinator of Educational Products and Services Kylie Tarleton felt a great sense of honour and pride at being selected as one of five finalists in the Orange NAIDOC Week Black and Deadly Community Award.

Mrs Tarleton said despite missing out on top honours, it was a huge achievement just to be recognised among some of the most dedicated Aboriginal community members in the city.

“I was nominated for the Black and Deadly Community Award, which was a real honour because it means I’ve been recognised for serving the Orange Aboriginal community for more than 10 years,” Mrs Tarleton said.

“I believe it is a privilege to serve my Aboriginal community and it has always been a responsibility of mine, so I was shocked to receive a nomination and even more shocked to be named a finalist.

“To be nominated for such a special award for doing something I love is a bonus.”

Mrs Tarleton gives plenty to the Orange Aboriginal community. In her pastime, she serves the Orange Aboriginal Community Working Party as secretary (seven years), she’s been a member of the Orange Local Aboriginal Land Council for the past 24 years, and has been a board member of that council for the past four years.

“I was born and bred in the Orange Aboriginal community and like to give as much back to my local community as I can,” she said.

“NAIDOC Week is a great week for reconciliation and celebration of Culture. This year was significant because the theme was ‘We all stand on sacred ground’ - where significant Aboriginal sites in Orange were recognised.

“NAIDOC Week is also a reminder to us all that all of our Lands are sacred; where we live, eat, work, walk and play, so it’s important to understand, acknowledge and respect our beautiful Lands always.”