Leadership can take many forms
SHELLEY Ware has worked tirelessly to create change in her world, sharing some of the insights she has gained along the way at an International Women’s Day lunch on Friday.
The proud Yankunyjatjara and Wirangu woman from Adelaide has spent the past 11 years working on acclaimed television football program Marngrook, and 20 years in the broadcast industry.
She is also a children’s educator and supporter of projects back in her home community, and is now based out of Melbourne.
A full reception room at Portland’s Royal Hotel heard after lunch that Ms Ware believes Marngrook has “broken down barriers.”
She hopes young Indigenous children can see her in her role and also know that they can achieve what they want to in life.
It would be a stark contrast to the challenges her parents faced when they married; her non-Aboriginal mother and Aboriginal father married in a church, but the Indigenous family and friends were not allowed inside.
“But my mum Jan was a strong force to be reckoned with,” she added, noting that there was no Little Athletics club in her town at the time, so she set it up, and made it her business to ensure other organisations were formed or stayed strong by joining or leading their committees.