Spotlight on Wunan Staff: Brenda Garstone, Regional Co-ordinator Empowered Communities.
8 December 2014
Brenda Garstone is Jaru woman who grew up in Halls Creek which is located on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert in Western Australia. Brenda Garstone is married with four children and has resided in Kununurra for the past 8 years.
Brenda completed primary school in Halls Creek and attended high school in Perth. She Graduated at University of Western Australia, Perth with a Bachelor of Arts Degree -Double Major in Anthropology and History and minor in Political Science. Brenda is now currently undertaking further studies to complete a dual diploma in business administration and management.
Brenda has worked in Aboriginal Health, Indigenous Women’s issues and Child Protection over the past 20 years. Her work experience includes community development, regional coordination of service delivery, project management, policy and program development.
Brenda enjoys camping with family and friends. Her passion is to see Aboriginal people become self-determined and become empowered to take control over their own destinies.
Brenda is currently enjoying her role at Wunan Foundation as the Regional Coordinator to engage the East Kimberley Region into the design of a National Reform Social Policy called Empowered Communities. Brenda believes that Empowered Communities is the catalyst for Aboriginal leaders to become the decision makers on how funding can be effectively and efficiently utilized to address the social and economic disadvantage experience by Aboriginal people in the East Kimberley.