Introducing 2 New Wunan Board Members
1 April 2013
Wunan at its 2012 Annual General Meeting endorsed the nominations of two new Board Members – Olive Knight and Michelle Martin. Let us introduce them to you:-
Mrs Olive Knight
Director since 2012
Olive Knight is a Walmatjarri elder from the community of Wangkatjungka, near Fitzroy Crossing.
Olive brings to the Wunan Board a wealth of experience, from a lifetime of learning and being fully immersed in her community, working with her people. She has been a strong advocate for aboriginal people, and a spokesperson on their behalf.
Olive is a very well respected role model throughout the Kimberleys, and is known in various circles as a multi linguist, cultural advisor, humanitarian, musician and visionary. She has worked extensively in the areas of health and education. She has been tireless in her pursuit of a better quality of life for others.
Olive recently had the unique experience of singing alongside Hugh Jackman on Broadway in New York, following the release of her first album, ‘Gospel Blues at the Edge of the Desert’.
Ms Michelle Martin
Director since 2012
Michelle is an Aboriginal woman living in Halls Creek who Identifies as a Kija woman. Michelle’s family however comes from several different language groups throughout the Kimberley and she has worked extensively as a Language Worker for the Kimberley Language Resource Centre in Halls Creek.
Michelle has an Associate Diploma in Indigenous Community Management and Development along with considerable experience developed through her role as Community Engagement Officer for the Shire of Halls Creek. Michelle’s current position as Team Leader, Halls Creek Youth Services allows her to make a direct impact on those most in need in the community.
Previously an employee of Wunan, Michelle was the first tenant of Wunan’s then Pindan Place Stepping Stone Housing Model. Through her professional and personal experience with Wunan, Michelle believes she experienced first-hand what Wunan is about both on the ground and at a personal level.
Michelle has a strong understanding of the issues and challenges that Aboriginal people are faced with and believes that by working with Wunan’s Board, she can help to develop ways forward for her people.