Emma Pegrum – Chief Operations Officer
I grew up on Nyaki-Nyaki Noongar Country on a farm outside the small town of Kondinin before I moved to Perth for boarding school when I was 12.
Both Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal Australians need reconciliation in order to progress into the future with confidence and pride in our shared nation. It is only through acknowledging past and continuing injustices against our First People that the cultural identity of all Australians can be healed.
Allirra Winmar – Indigenous Engagement Officer
I am a Noongar Balladong yorga (woman). I spent the early years of my life growing up in a small Wheatbelt town called Quairading. My Noongar family grew up in surrounding areas and still live in Quairading. I moved to Perth to complete my schooling years.
Reconciliation is an important part of creating a positive future for our country and will always be an important ingredient for a harmonious society. Being able to talk together about historical events will open up conversations that inspire development of mutual understanding, knowledge and respect.
Tom Joyner – Chief Executive Officer
After attending my first ICEA event I decided it was time to learn more about what has, and is happening in our own backyards. The more I learned on the topic, the more I realised I still had to learn. Since then ICEA hasn't been able to shake me off and are stuck with me!
I think it is important for all Australians to remember they have an active role to play in making change, and that the first step for us all is to take a step back and learn.
Anna Balston – Yarn Program Manager
I grew up in the WA town of Katanning on a farm near to what was the Carrolup Mission/Marribank Native Reserve.
Nelson Mandela said that education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world and ICEA completely embodies this. Learning about the connectedness, spirituality and sustainability of Indigenous Australian peoples has transformed my own world view and ICEA has been an amazing platform to continue this knowledge journey and drive reconciliation in the community.
Aggie Manel - Remote Communities Program Manager
Coming from the salty waters of the Torres Straits with ties to Yarrabah, Aggie found herself on the other side of the country working alongside youth, her passion. Aggie’s drive for reconciliation is fuelled by the dream of being able to engage, support and educate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth to be leaders within their own community. Sharing culture, experiences and connecting through stories are all part of the journey towards reconciliation.
AND HERE'S SOME OF THE CREW WHO MAKE IT HAPPEN
Ali Angeloni – Yarn Facilitator, High School Reps Crew Coordinator
I’m a local gal who grew up by the beach. I come from a family consisting of a grounded Aussie Dad, beautiful Zimbabwean Mum and ocean-loving brother.
Reconciliation is important because respecting each other’s stories and cultures is important. Reconciliation is about acknowledging the truth of Australia’s history whilst connecting with one another and moving forward.
Bella Kaiser – Remote Communities Coordinator, Yarn Facilitator
I loved that ICEA is youth driven, and you can see that in everything they do. I also think ICEA hits the nail on the head in tackling reconciliation. Plus the crew is just a bunch of legends, really.
Reconciliation is important because it's about two-way learning, about different cultures listening and sharing stories. Through this we can understand our differences and similarities and learn from them.
George Van Beem – High School Reps Crew Coordinator
Perth born and raised. 1/4 Dutch, 1/4 Hungarian, 1/2 Australian
I started out at ICEA hanging out with my mates at the events but as I learned more about the history of the Indigenous people I continued at ICEA with the goal of inspiring a positive change in the youth of Australia.
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Harry Barrett – Yarn Facilitator, Wavelength Director
For my education I attended Christ Church Grammar School where ICEA was a prominent body within the community. The organisation was raising awareness for issues in our community. As I grew older I started to attend more and more ICEA events and over time I began to realise that these issues were problems experienced by people not so different to myself. It was because of this realisation I decided to join in a volunteer capacity.
Justin Taheri-Chivers – Yarn Facilitator
After returning home from a year in Broome I got on board with ICEA so I could stay involved in reconciliation.
Reconciliation is important in recognising the shared history of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, and allowing us to move forward in a united effort so that all Australians can feel at home and comfortable in this awesome country we live in. One of the most inspiring people in my life, my mum, has always impressed on me the importance of trying to create positive change in our communities and ICEA has allowed me to do that.
Sarah Finlay-Jones – Senior Volunteer
I was born in Adelaide, and lived there until I was 9 years old. In 2003, I moved to Perth with my family where I have lived for the past twelve years.
Reconciliation is about showing mutual respect for all Australians, and promoting a harmonious relationship between people of all different races and beliefs. Reconciliation is therefore important so that as a society we can live in unison with no discrimination.
I first volunteered for ICEA six years ago when I was in Year 12 at St Hilda’s ASG. Since joining ICEA in 2011 I have been involved in the Marja Mob, the Marja Series, and the ICEA Classic.