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.
George Van Beem, Maladjiny Co-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 histories of Aboriginal people I continued at ICEA with the goal of inspiring a positive change in the youth of Australia.
Alex D'Cruz, Maladjiny Co-Coordinator: ICEA has played a role in my life since early high school - it was always such a social thing and a great way to meet people through the events. As I grew older I began to have a greater understanding of what the organisation is about and I was inspired to learn more about reconciliation. I've always been passionate about giving a voice to those who cannot be heard, but with reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians I've learnt that it's a different story. It's a huge journey that involves a whole lot of listening and learning. That's what I love about ICEA, is that I'm always learning, whether it's something small or big, there's always more to know. There is nothing like having a good yarn with the ICEA crew and feeling that little bit more knowledgable afterwards.
Harry Barrett, ICEA Classic Event Manager, Social Media Coordinator: ICEA was really prominent in raising awareness in my high school 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 things experienced by people not so different to myself. It was because of this realisation I decided to join in a volunteer capacity.
Lachlan Peter Nungarni Stokes, Student Reps Co-Coordinator: I am a Wongatha man from Kalgoorlie. I was intronduced to ICEA 2 years into boarding school at Scotch College in their first ever Yarn at the school. When I first started at Scotch, many of the other boys were very racist - I had been called things like "coon" and "Abo" countless times by the end of my first term and felt like going home but I didn't. By the time I graduated the boys' perspectives of me as an Aboriginal had completely changed. Through letting people get to know me and forming friendships, I was able to completely change their views. ICEA gives me the chance to do this on a much wider scale, reaching out to lots of different schools and hopefully changing views through positive experiences.
Tim Goldschmidt, Yarn Facilitator, Senior Volunteer: I grew up in Perth, attending JTC then Scotch. When I finished school I moved to Melbourne for 3 1/2 years to study. I’ve always been loosely involved at ICEA, but became much more involved once I moved back home half way through 2016. I think a key strength of ICEA’s approach to reconciliation is that it can reach a different target audience than those who are traditionally attracted to social justice movements. ICEA’s youth focus allows it to be more innovative and risk-taking in its initiatives, pursuing new ideas to find solutions. Yarn is a good example of a cool new way to take reconciliation to the next generation.
Rokiyah Binswani, Senior Volunteer: I am a Bardi woman that grew up between Broome and Lombadina Community. I then attended boarding school in Perth at PLC, where I was introduced to the frothy ICEA crew. ICEA drives reconciliation by educating young people about the past, so we can enact change for the future that will better the relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. Volunteering for ICEA is an absolute blast - especially being able to go home for the remote communities trip where I can play a role in sharing my culture, and promote school attendance and the work of the community ranger groups.
Kamsani Bin-Salleh, Resident Artist, Senior Volunteer: I was born and raised in Boddington, and moved to Perth to finish secondary school at Scotch before completing my Communications degree at UWA. I became interested in being involved with ICEA because it's reconciliation through youth who come up with innovative ways to create conversations and safe environments to talk about different relationships in our community.
Isabella Kaiser, Senior Volunteer: I love 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.