TAFE Western’s Brewarrina College Community Customer Service Officer Grace Gordon has always had a burning passion to help people change their lives.
Grace, a proud Ngemba woman, is now combining that passion with a strong knowledge of her local district to achieve positive educational outcomes for the community.
“I have lived and worked in the Brewarrina community for most of my life and working in my own community allows me to encourage and support local people to become educated in their field of choice,” she said.
“It also allows for me as an Ngemba Elder to connect with and empower our people to become educated to enable them to be great leaders and workers in our community, now and in the future.
“I personally believe that education opens many doors and is a pathway to success and freedom.”
Grace, who has four children, 10 grandchildren and one great grandchild, has TAFE qualifications in business and hospitality, and a University of Western Sydney Bachelor of Science (Welfare Studies) Degree.
Her employment history includes being CEO of the Brewarrina Aboriginal Health Service, manager of Ourgunya Womens Safehouse, co-ordinator of Awabakal Aboriginal Medical Centre in Newcastle and community engagement officer for Family Violence Education Aboriginal Corporation Dubbo.
“I have also been actively involved in advocating for appropriate services for Aboriginal women and children in Brewarrina and community for more than 25 years,” she said.
“I am a strong advocate for Aboriginal self determination, leadership, land rights, economic development and improving the educational and health status of Aboriginal people.
“In my time with TAFE Western for the past 14 months I have found that the flexibility TAFE provides for training allows for varying options for everyone to study in their own community.
“This strategy is enabling appropriate access for a much-needed service that is addressing the needs of our local community.”
For information about the great courses on offer at Brewarrina, phone Grace on 6830 5300 or visit http://www.tafewestern.edu.au/colleges/brewarrina